If you are from the United States, you have probably been a tipping customer at a restaurant. If you are not from the United States, you might not have heard of this custom. I don’t really like the fact that when I go to a sit-down, order-your-food-at-the-table restaurant, I am expected to cover the waiter’s paycheck. This might just be me speaking as a broke college student, but I find it ridiculous how these restaurants already charge quite a bit, but they can’t seem to pay their employees a living wage. They put that burden on their customers. I don’t go to these types of places that often; I would rather pop into Chipotle or Jimmy Johns-both restaurants where you pay at the counter and where you aren’t expected to pay a tip. I am just flustered by this custom of American culture. I think that everyone should be paid a living wage, and no one should have to rely on the luck that comes with a tipped position. There will always be those people who tip generously, but there will also be the people who don’t care, or are broke-which is another topic all its own.
What are your thoughts on the custom of tipping in restaurants? Do you support it or find it absurd? Let me know in the comments.
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