So in overthinking the direction of this blog (as I often do…) I stalled for a minute.
So lets just dive right in and talk about The Tip.
A group of swanky ass restaurants in New York are experimenting with a tip ban.
I get more than a little crazy when people get so worked up about tipping.
Do we not have Terrorism?
There are (according to this article) around 4 million tipped employees in the U.S and around 2 million waiters and bartenders.
I actually thought those numbers were much higher… but whatever.
There are a LOT of us.
So lets get honest about the tip.
It’s admittedly a shitty system with no real guarantees.
So why do service people rale so hard against changing it?
Because money damnit! That’s why.
Because the changes proposed over and over would put us in the hole.
Service work is one of the few (if not the only) trades you can learn without an education left in this country that can pay your rent and put food on the table. Changing it would raise overhead for restaurants and turn service jobs into crappy jobs that support no one.
Aaand your food would still cost more.
Some places are now using a “service charge” instead.
WHAT IS THE DAMN DIFFERENCE!?
I’ll tell you what it is.
Tipping is optional. A service charge is not. Why is it so offensive to have to figure it out for yourself?
It isn’t unless you are a cheapskate.
So here is a perspective for all you cheapskates that I’ll bet you haven’t heard before.
Go ahead and stiff me baby.
I have found that the world is full of generous people.
And if I do my job well those people pay me to make their lunch or dinner a little better and their day a little brighter.
Those folks make up for you cheapskates that come in looking for a problem or a reason to leave me a crappy tip.
I don’t worry about y’all too much anymore.
Go feed a hungry child or plant a tree rather than fixing something that as far as we are concerned isn’t broken.