If You Can’t Afford to Tip, You Can’t Afford to Dine Out

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Tipping is often a contentious issue. Which never ceases to amaze me.

I pretty much covered all you need to know in the title of this article, but I shall elaborate for the folks who feel servers should be willing to work for free as the concept of tipping offends them.

The main complaint of many non-tippers is being taken advantage of by unscrupulous business owners who expect patrons to pay their employees’ salaries. Why should this fall on me, the customer?

After all, you’re not made of money. You shouldn’t have to deny yourself a nice meal out just because you can’t afford a tip. It’s not your job to pay restaurant employees’ wages. You shouldn’t have to tip servers in the first place!

Well, here’s the thing. This really isn’t about you. It sucks, but sometimes it happens.

Americans that take issue with tipping are obliviously elitist. Servers are not robots bringing you your food(yet), these are living, breathing human beings trying to keep their heads above water by pleasing unpleasing people.

Most aren’t teens working a summer job. There are many single parents among the ranks of restaurant workers because of the relatively flexible hours. And many servers have more than the one job. Just to survive, not to thrive.

On top of endless hours on their feet (only nurses can compete), servers shouldn’t have to deal with people refusing to tip and then acting like shorting a real, live working stiff makes them some sort of a social justice warrior.

No, it makes you a cheap, thoughtless, mega-weenie.

And yes, we are all aware that these establishments should be paying their servers a living wage and not expecting their customers to provide 95% of their earnings. Everyone knows this is just another by-product of corporate greed and it’s not only in the restaurant business.

And yes again, non-American friends, we know that’s not how you guys do things at home. But when in Rome … don't be a cheap prick and tip your damn server.

And why in the flipping frank would you choose to punish workers for the sins of their employers, the government, and outmoded societal norms anyway? Do you really believe you’re making some sort of stand for Working People when you stiff a server out of their tip?

No, you are penalizing the innocent for a system they have no control over, and making yourself look like a complete tool in the process.

When we are in the moment, we have to deal with the world as we find it. That means you tip servers until the wrongs are hopefully righted someday. If it pisses you off that much, put some time and energy into changing the existing system. But don’t use it as an excuse to treat someone like your personal bitch.

So if you plan to dine out, the cost of a tip should be worked into the equation. It’s that simple. If you don’t agree, stay at home. In spite of your gargantuan sense of entitlement, no server should have to slave over your sanctimonious ass free of charge.

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