by Seth BUTERA July 30, 2021
This will sound like an exaggeration but the reality is that working in a restaurant or a bar as a waiter or waitress requires plenty of patience along with a fake smile and laughter for over 8 hours a day or more depending on your employer. Dealing with difficult customers, insane requests, and many other difficult behaviors you can not imagine unless you have ever been a waiter or waitress. But on top of all these, there is nothing worse than working your ass off for a table and getting nothing in return.
First of all, I want to make it clear that tipping is not a “MUST.” In some countries, it isn’t even acceptable. How much to tip and who to tip also varies from continent to continent and country to country. BUT;
How many of us have careers in which our perceived value and take-home pay fluctuate from hour to hour, day today, and are dependent solely on the kindness of strangers whom we will probably never see again? This is the reality for the majority of waiters and waitresses.
I have heard arguments like “no, why would I give a tip when they actually get paid a salary” or “no, tipping to me is a form of corruption” blah blah blah blah………. Hey y’all, relax, tipping is just a decent and corporate gesture that will actually do you good as a client that the person receiving it (another story to tell sometimes)
To tip or not to tip? The answer might be more obvious than we think. The act of directly paying the hands that have served you is meant to be a gesture of comradery. When you tip, you’re not just giving someone a little extra cash. You’re showing your appreciation and gratitude.
The next time you find yourself about to exit a restaurant without leaving a few francs on the table, remember the reasons below and you will see how it will eventually change your life and that of the people around you.
I often get comments like “Are you a waiters’ spokesperson’’ and for this matter, Yes, since I genuinely believe it’s a bit of everyone’s fault that waiters and waitresses are treated like they don’t mean alone in our businesses when they are actually the fronliners of our businesses on a day to day basis. This is just another form of wage slavery we refuse to see for what it is. Because it’s easier to deny somebody a living wage when you shoulder the responsibility of payroll onto other slaves;
In conclusion, I will repeat it again. Tipping is not a “MUST’’ but it is healthy and good to do it anyways and when you plan to go out on a date or with your friends, your budget should have a waiter’s appreciation.