When to tip and when not to tip. This is a dilemma that affects us all – whether we are travelling or not. It is pretty much expected that we should tip these days but the argument is that the customer shouldn’t have to subsidize wages. The reason we tip is because the minimum wage is so low in Canada. Take Australia for example. And New Zealand. No tipping there because the minimum wage is liveable.
Tipping in Europe was born in the middle ages, a master-serf custom where servants would receive an extra gratuity for excellent performance. In the mid 1800’s when rich Americans started travelling to Europe they picked up on this habit. According to Ashlen Wilder in a very informative article
“American travelers brought it back to the states as a way to feel aristocratic. But tipping did not take off immediately in the U.S. There was a high level of resistance to it, and tipping was deemed “un-American”. Eating out was already expensive, so why would struggling Americans have to pay more on top of the bill? It also seemed to enforce classist tendencies, where the upper class left a small gratuity for those in the lower classes that worked in the service industry.” https://www.7shifts.com/blog/history-of-tipping-restaurants/
Now it seems that tips are expected at all levels – even at the pizza take out. There is even a character called Tippy who has his own comic book.
What’s the biggest tip ever left?
Waitress Phyllis Phenzo at Sal’s Pizzeria in Dobbs Ferry, New York State, helped customer Robert Cunningham choose the numbers for a winning lottery ticket in 1984. He ‘tipped’ her $ 3 million – half of his $ 6 million prize money. The story was the basis of the film It Could Happen To You….. WOW
Although tipping is a bit controversial it doesn’t help when diners are sassy about it – check out what some of these losers left for the server –
Seriously???? I suppose if she did text him for a date he would make her pay for her own meal.
And how about this tip?
The whole subject is definitely a hot topic ….. mmmm – maybe we should start putting TIP …… on the bottom of our booking form. I can just imagine how that would go down. Mind you – many years ago I did get a cash tip from a customer. He had booked a package and said that my service was excellent …. and gave me $100 note. Gosh …. didn’t know what to say…