Tipping promotes the insidious slavery of minimum wage, and the worst elements of human nature.
Though I say it myself, I’m “something” of a worldly individual. I speak 4 languages – at varying levels. I have travelled to 5 different countries – in the Asia/pacific region – and have lived in three of them for long periods. Indeed, I lived and worked in Japan for a ten year period. One does not do this without acquiring all sorts of knowledge and insights into other cultures; it is, indeed, the reason one does it.
In the poorer regions of the world – not to mention in the U.S.A, where it all started – “tipping” is still a standard practice that employees in certain areas rely upon to earn anything resembling a liveable, take home wage. This very fact alone should sound some alarm bells.
Here is why the concept of “tipping” is extremely detrimental to equality and only promotes yet more slavery, and the worst elements of human nature:
The very first thing that happens is a franchise, company, or employer goes to their state or national government employment regulatory body and states, “minimum wage should be lowered. They’re getting tips. Why should I pay them a decent wage when they are getting tax-free money directly from the customers? I’m trying to make money as a business, here.” So, tipping destroys the right to free enterprise in addition to creating/promoting the perfidious slavery known in Australia as “award wage” and in America as “minimum wage”.
And after the basic human right to “a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” has been decimated – with, no doubt, some grubby money changing hands “under boardroom tables” – it breeds an attitude – from the employee – that anyone who walks in and sits down in their place of employ, immediately “owes them” something.
Well, what happens with customers who come from a country where the parasitic concept of tipping has never been allowed to take root, like Australia or Japan? When the customer is finished, they pay the bill; thank the staff and leave not knowing that they are expected to contribute to the staff salary that the owner/employer doesn’t want to pay. This leads to resentment – at best – from the staff: “he’s an arsehole”. “She’s a tight-arsed, bitch”. Consider how dangerous the very worst case scenario of this could become: “I know which hotel he’s staying in, we’ll look out for him, later tonight. Oh, don’t worry, he’ll pay. We’ll take him for everything he’s got”! All the while, the customer is an innocent victim in this, based purely on cultural practices.
The requirement to tip is a confusing annoyance. “Okay, the prices are on the menu, but how much does the meal, or service really cost, and why isn’t the real, full cost clearly stated so I can decide whether or not I want to pay it, before entering the venue”? All of this can, additionally, be very embarrassing for the customer: “how much should I give? Am I giving too much? Am I not giving enough? And why is everyone looking at me? Ohh, I get it. They’re judging me based on all of this ambiguity and pother. Mainly, they’re trying to decide how rich I am”.
By way of supporting evidence, when I was searching for an image to go with this little article, search results when using the keywords, “tipping, tipping the waitress, tipping in a cafe”, etc returned almost zero results. What results were available were of the waiter/waitress only really standing near the table. So, does this support my previous paragraph in any way? Can we conclude that no one wants to have their photo taken when performing the embarrassing annoyance of tipping?
Last, but by no means least, let’s take an example of 4 employees waiting tables in a restaurant: 2 females, and 2 males. One of the female employees happens to be every employer’s dream: competent and reliable enough, but she also happens to be an extremely cute 19 year old girl. Everybody working in that restaurant – generally speaking – won’t be there long, if they don’t work as hard as everyone else, but which of the 4 employees above, is going to be getting the most tips, and the biggest tips?
Sure, tips get collected and shared at the end of the night, or week, because the chef, for example, is not getting any tips, per se. But, the way it works – in the poorer regions of Asia that I’ve seen – is, when change from the final bill is returned to the customer – on a little tray – the customer removes the change to check it, then either places the tip – on the little tray – or hands it “directly to the staff member”, or does both. The tip on the tray is for all the employees. The tip in hand is for the individual. So, I direct the reader to my former rhetoric – in my latter point – above.
The concept behind tipping is inherently evil, and it only promotes the very worst elements of human nature.