I accept the American custom of almost-enforced tipping (though they always say it is not compulsory) but don't understand it
- Just about everyone agrees that the system is retarded.
- That said, it’s so absolutely prevalent in the US that for the people you are tipping, this is basically considered part of their salary.
- Bottom line: if you don’t tip, you are stiffing the waiter.
In the name of an arguably good idea, it may well be. But again: you are stiffing the waiter.
I’m a millennial and we are famously bad at managing our money. I’m on a tight budget and I watch every dollar I spend.
If you can’t afford to tip 20 percent of the total amount that you spend at a restaurant, you can’t afford to eat at that restaurant.
Also from NYMag, an explanation of why tipping is so entrenched. TL;DR: Until and unless tipping is uniformly and simultaneously abolished across the board (probably possible only if mandated by law), it is here to stay.