munmay5 months ago
I've been in the US only since 09. The tipping culture continues to confuse me. You open a restaurant business, hoping for customers to come in and eat your food. Operating a restaurant come with a set of expenses, much like any other businesses. You decided to run it, you should then think about how to bare your own expenses, including your waiters and waitresses. Why should I need to pay for my food (helping your business) and pay for taxes and then help your business again by supporting your workers, you are the employer, you support your own employees. Much like how a creative agency, for example, takes care of their own expenses and employees. They don't expect clients to pay more for my pencils and computer, when all these have been taken in consideration when they set their service price. Employees in a creative agency work like crazy, no sleep, early mornings, they do great work, well some of them do. But nobody is taking care of them? Oh yes! their employers do. I would tip the security guard who warns me of danger in the middle of the night, but it's not in your culture, I would tip the firefighter for saving people in a burning building, but it's not in your culture either. I would also tip a speaker in a conference because he opened my eyes, but it's too weird to do in your culture. These public shamings are getting out of hand. Someone did not tip, not the person's fault, he gave you business, in fact, you should thank him. He could have went to another truck or restaurant or beauty salon but he chose to come to your establishment. You put out signs of your menu, took the effort to work in a food truck when you could be doing anything else that, invested in bettering your truck's appearance, invested in a bunch of appliances, truck, utensils, etc, hoping someone would give you a return on your investment. So he did. But, you chose to shame him because you're not happy enough--he didn't leave you with something that's completely voluntary to hand out. Time to shame someone else. But I'm not a fan of the blamming game.