Why I don’t think anyone should tip – EVER

by Kristina Tahnyak on October 6, 2014 · 5 comments

IMG_1388Good morning Dinks.  As  you know I recently took a trip to New Orleans and on the way home I had an eye opening experience about the world of tipping.  I have mixed feelings about the world of tipping; as a habit I think it’s a waste of money, but as a former bartender I have to tell you every little bit helps.  I haven’t worked for tips in years and now I have to say I’m not really sure I believe in the concept – at least not for every profession that expects them.

So here’s my first question, do you believe in leaving a tip?

This is where Nick and I disagree.  He believes in leaving a tip for absolutely anything and everything, whereas I believe in only leaving tips at traditional places like restaurants.  Why? Because I believe people are getting paid to do their jobs and I don’t feel that I should have to leave a gratuity on top of it.

Nick believes in leaving a tip whenever a service is rendered.  He will tip the guys who deliver our groceries and I think it’s unnecessary.  I believe the store is providing that service so we shouldn’t be paying extra for it.

Do you consider the tip into the price?

I absolutely consider the amount of the tip to be included in the overall price and it definitely factors into my buying decision.  I also don’t think any service with a flat rate should require a tip on top of the fee for service.  This brings us back to the story about my cab ride from the airport after my trip to New Orleans.

The fare from the airport to downtown is a flat rate of $40.  When we reached my apartment I gave the driver $40 and asked him for a receipt.  His exact words were “Maybe if you have me a tip.”  I was shocked at his response and at this point I had two options, one: I completely ignore him and proceed on to my apartment or two: Play stupid, tell him I didn’t know we had to tip for a flat fee and hand him a couple of bucks.  Which do you think I did?

Yes that’s right, number one.  Not only do I think that tips shouldn’t be given, but I also believe they are a luxury not a right.  The fact that the cab driver asked for a tip on a flat rate fare, that is mostly likely in his favor anyways, made me furious.  Why should he get a tip?  Did he go above and beyond for his service? No! He just did his job.

How do you know how much to tip?

Now this leads me to the next question regarding tips, when you do leave a tip how much should it be?  Sometimes I round up to the nearest multiple of five and sometimes I just leave 15%.  It honestly depends on my mood as well as the service.  Trust me if I have bad service I am OK with leaving no tip.

How do you feel about tipping?

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1 Lisa October 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

My fiance has a similar mindset – he’s worked in restaurants before, and he doesn’t think we need to tip every single person. I tend to agree with him. Tips definitely help, but I don’t think every one has a RIGHT to a tip. Tips, I think, should be given to those who go above and beyond what’s expected.

2 Scott January 24, 2015 at 6:35 pm

I don’t tip ever. A waitress was hired to do a job and I am not her employer. She is a failure of society which is why her paycheck is so tiny. If I don’t tip the employer is required by law to pay at least minimum wage which is three times what she is worth anyways. I would never ever Tip a cab driver. That is totally ridiculous. I also think it is ridiculous that people like this feel they are deserving of tips. Here’s my tip get a better job. When I’m in Vegas I don’t even tip the valet.

3 Amos February 7, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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