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Is “Tipping Culture” Getting Out of Hand? The Internet Calls Out Service-Worker Entitlement and “Tipflation”

I’ve always been a good tipper—I know being a restaurant server is something I’d be horrible at.  I have nothing but respect for the folks who hustle on their feet all day serving hangry, sometimes wonderful, and often rude customers. I also know that tips are a huge part of their income and that their hourly wages are low because tips are expected. So, when I eat out, I am a great tipper.

When I order grocery delivery, I am also a great tipper. If I am paying someone to do something I could do myself because of convenience, I think they deserve a great tip. Another place I tip well? The hair salon or barber. That’s another tough job where the professionals often have to pay booth rent and definitely have to pay for their own tools, and I think a good tip for a good job is warranted. But for some services, I’m kind of shocked to be asked if I want to tip or not.

For instance, I’m happy to tip a barista if I’ve got a complicated order (or a big one), but if I’m getting a $2 run-of-the-mill iced coffee, I don’t tip. It’s this expected tipping on a small, $2 order that got one TikToker up in arms about what she calls “tipping culture,” and that has inspired a great, viral debate. Is tipping culture out of hand? Are some service workers entitled? TikToker @Poorandhungry, who has 236,000 followers, has a recent viral video with 1.5 million views that has people asking those questions. The content creator says she recently got attitude from an ice cream shop employee for not tipping for a $2 cone. There was no ice cream or scooping involved in her order, she explains. She just wanted a “fresh, warm waffle cone.” She got it alright, but she also got the side-eye and some huffiness for not adding a tip on the “tip screen.”

@poorandhungry Those tip screens are OUT OF CONTROL #tip #tipping #cringe #customerservice ♬ original sound – $yd

These tip screens seem to be the source of TikTok’s ire about tipping culture. And I have to admit, I’ve been faced with one a time or two where I’ve thought, “REALLY?” TikTok is full of videos criticizing tipping screens, so I guess I’m not alone in that. But for the most part, I DO think most tipping screens are warranted. Yet, I have no qualms about hitting “no tip” when I think they’re not.

Tipping Culture in America

Many TikTokers chimed in on @poorandhungry’s video agreeing with her.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapsonhttp://www.foreverymom.com
Jenny Rapson is a wife and mom of three from Ohio and the editor of For Every Mom. You can also find her alternately griping and gushing about her kids at her own blog, Mommin' It Up. You can email her at jrapson@outreach.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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