Server explains how sharing tips affects their pay

Tipping is a divisive and inflammatory issue on TikTok, with the creators arguing both for an end to the practice and for customers to be better at tipping.

In the latest iteration of the great tip debate, TikTok creator and server Abigail (@flabigailfartin) explains to viewers how tip sharing works so more people understand where their tips go.

“Yeah, tipping, that elusive thing servers keep complaining about on the internet,” says the poster in the video. “I’ll explain it to you.”

Abigail then shows a long piece of receipt paper.

“That’s what we call our register, which we print out at the end of the night,” she says. “This is a comprehensive list of every purchase, sale, etc. we made throughout the night. But what is most important is this. See where Gross Sales says? Those are the sales I made that shift.”

@flabigailfartin #greenscreen #tipshare #tipyourserver #howitworks #servertok #waitressproblems ♬ Original sound – a silly goose 🙂

The TikToker then moves on, introducing viewers to the concept of tipping colleagues. She says 3% of her gross sales are spent on bus drivers, hostesses, runners, trade show attendees and bartenders, which can vary by restaurant. Those shared tips are paid from the money she earns as a waitress, she explains.

This is where bad-tipping a server becomes problematic, she says, since 3% of her tip already goes to someone else. And if she doesn’t get a tip, it comes out of her own pocket.

“If you don’t tip us, we have to pay the percentage,” she notes in the clip.

Many viewers found several things to complain about when it came to tips sharing, whether it’s servers or not.

“I think tipping is problematic because I shouldn’t be paying someone else to do their job, the restaurant should be paying them,” wrote one commenter.

“Should be illegal,” wrote another commenter. “I’ve never had to do this in my job in Oregon, but I know it’s common for companies in the States.”

“What I hated most about it is why do I tip my bartender 2% of total sales when he’s not food related,” wrote one commenter.

The Daily Dot reached out to @flabigailfartin via a comment on the video, as other methods of communication could not be identified.


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*Initial publication: December 2, 2022 at 9:44 am CST

Brooke Sjoberg

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