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“I don’t tip, i don’t believe in it” Mr. Pink, Reservoir dogs.

O.K, so i know I’m sure to get a lot of flak for this one touchy ass subject but what the hell, you don’t like my opinion, no big deal. Here’s the thing, i hate the automatic tipping thing. See when people go to a restaurant and get shitty service and then feel the social need to tip for service. Now i don’t do that. You can call me an asshole, or cheap, or whatever you want but I’m not going to just automatically tip because society tells me to tip. Fuck that. Now you may say, “oh, she doesn’t tip because she never worked in that industry!” well my friend you would be wrong. I have worked in restaurants, and yeah, some wait staff work their ass off and deserve to get a little sumthin’ extra, but for the most part, most people couldn’t give two shits about you and when that shows, i don’t tip.

Maybe it wouldn’t surprise you to know that my favorite movie is Reservoir dogs. When Mr. Pink launches into the famous “i don’t tip, i don’t beleive in it” scene, i thought i had finally found my kindred spirit. Cheers to you mr Tarantino. He brings up a lot of interesting reasons why he doesn’t tip, let’s check some out.

1. Why do we choose to give gratuity to some people in the service industry, but not all?

lWe tip the wait staff, hair dressers,  and delivery guys (see, i don’t tip them either cause it’s their fucking job description to DRIVE the food to me! seriously wtf?) but we don’t tip the chef, who does way more work,(yes they have a higher wage) the bus boys (have a lower wage) or the dishwashers who work way harder then the wait staff. We tip cab drivers, but not bus drivers. Are we saying that dealing with the public automatically means you should get a bonus?Is it “harder” to work with the public than in a cramped, hot back room? because a lot of people have to deal with the asshole public every day for minimum wage and don’t receive any gratuity whatsoever!

2) Sales and service.

So if the number 1 occupation for non-college women is Waitressing (i couldn’t verify that, i did verify that it was sales) then what about the other women who work in other sales? The average wage for sales staff at clothing stores is the same as restaurants before the added tip. These people are on their feet all day, dealing with customers, same thing right? Oh, and i don’t take sex into consideration when/if i consider tipping, like I’m not gonna give you an extra tip if you are a single mom vs if you are a bachelor. Same goes for the bar. If i have 6 drinks at the bar and i have had to get up and go to the bar to get four of them myself, chances are you aren’t getting a tip, but maybe the bartender is. I’m not talking some crazy packed dance club either, I’m talking a normal lounge type setting that’s pretty slow paced.

3) On the receiving end:

Yeah, i get it. Some customers are rude ass twats, yelling at you, freaking out over every little thing (like, as if you cooked it right?)calling you names, being racist, etc. That’s too bad, really it is. Wait…you don’t think others deal with that sort of shit? Convenience store workers usually make minimum wage to work awful hours, shift work and get Robbed at gunpoint, but yeah they don’t get a fucking tip either. Oh, and this is the gateway job that most kids get. Nice huh?

4) But they work really hard……

o.k i can give you that, some of the wait staff truly work their ass off to make you happy from the minute you step in there until you leave, and i understand that that may be difficult to do all day long. I understand the physical strain on the body from standing/walking all day long, I’m not arguing with any of that. The argument is why? why do some people get it and not others?if they are friendly with me and come by a couple of times during my meal then i absolutely tip them. And i usually over-tip when i tip. So before you think I’m a cheap asshole for not tipping, just remember that the attitude we receive from shit staff will not improve if we keep on automatically tipping them. This is the same as letting some asshole kid get away with back-talking their whole lives with no consequences. Why should they be nicer to customers if they still get an extra tip at the end of the day right?

5) In all seriousness

Here it is folks, time to get a little scholarly.In the united states, in services where tipping is expected or a common practice. Employers have a pay scale based on the assumption that the tips employees receive will round out to an appropriate rate of pay, so these people really do need tips to make up the extra amount that is considered an appropriate wage. In Canada, Quebec and Ontario allow employers to pay lower Minimum wages to workers who would reasonably be expected to be receiving tips. In Ontario, the minimum wage is $10.25 per hour, with exceptions for students under 18 years old and employed for not more than 28 hours a week, who are paid $9.60 per hour; and both liquor and restaurant servers, who are paid $8.90 per hour.(1) Who do we get mad at then? The companies that exploit the social constructs that have been in place since the 1800’s? or the government that allows this practice of under payment to continue in jobs where post secondary education is not required. Although considered a “norm” in North American society, when asked about tipping, people profess their reluctance to ending the practice. They admit to feelings of confusion over what is an “appropriate amount” and it can also create awkward social situations in times when we feel that we did not receive good service.

Economically speaking it also creates a division among class. The reality, whether we like it or not is that minorities lead the poverty scale in North America. Many do not get to eat out very often. Even if it is at a regular family type restaurant such as Denny’s, Perkins, Smitty’s etc. Does this mean that if they feel they can’t afford their food PLUS tip that they don’t deserve a night out to eat? Researcher Yoram Margalioth presents an interesting study on Why we need to end tipping here:The Case Against Tipping

Countries that do not practice expected tipping: Note, some have a gratuity included in the bill. This money usually  DOES NOT go to the servers, and additional tipping does not occur.

  • China
  • India
  •  Japan
  • Singapore (tipping is not allowed but a 10% gratuity is added at restaurants)
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Australia (very rare and when used it is a reward for exceptionally good service)
  • New Zealand
  • Bolivia (5% included in the bill)
  • Brazil (optional 10% included in the bill)
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • France (varied amount added to bill)
  • Germany (very rare and when used it is a reward for exceptionally good service)
  • Austria (very rare and when used it is a reward for exceptionally good service)
  • Ireland
  • Italy (some have added gratuity)
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain (depends on the locale, higher class restaurants may include a gratuity)
  • Switzerland

Mr. Pink’s “I don’t tip rant”

1. Ontario Ministry Of Labor, http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/minwage.php