Diners in the United States have long been prodded to tip, even when the service is lackluster. But what if they said “no”?
A tipping culture exists in the United States due to the historical roots of when tipping first emerged in the country. According to an article by The Atlantic, tipping first became popular in the 1880s when wealthy Americans would visit Europe and tip “lavishly, far beyond what they had to back home.” Over time, this created a culture of tipping that has continued to the present day.
Despite the widespread culture of tipping in the United States, there are still those who refuse to tip regardless of the quality of service they are receiving. According to an article from NPR, some people may decide to not tip because “they don’t want to be told what to do with their money.” Additionally, others may not tip due to feeling that it is unfair that restaurants skimp on wages, expecting tips to make up for that, or simply because they don’t have the money to do so.
For those who do not want to tip, it is important to be aware of the potential consequences. Many restaurants may be reluctant to serve those who have a history of not tipping and staff may become confrontational or unhelpful. Additionally, some restaurants may include an automatic gratuity on the check even when it is not requested.
For people who do not want to tip at restaurants, there are still ways to be a conscientious consumer. They can leave a positive online review for the restaurant to support the staff, express gratitude for the service, or even visit the restaurant during off-peak hours to show support and help the restaurant cut down on its costs. Additionally, customers can pay attention to the tips that workers are making. When that number is low, they can express their concerns and advocate for higher wages instead of a tipping system.
No matter the reason for not wanting to tip, it is important for people to remember that there are always other ways to support the restaurant’s staff. It is important for us all to be aware of the consequences of not tipping in order to make a decision that we are comfortable with and keep in mind that there are often alternative ways to show our appreciation.