A TikToker’s criticism of “excessive tipping options” fueled discussion of the topic on the platform, where tipping is a hot topic.
The short video, posted by @onswin, shows him staring out of the camera while the score plays, relying on a text overlay to do the heavy lifting. Since its release on March 16, the video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.
“The barista looks into my soul as I look at three inflated tipping options on his dirty iPad and choose no tip,” reads the video’s text overlay.
Most of the discussion about tipping related to this video does not revolve around typical scenarios such as: For example, a sit-down restaurant where waiters rely on tips to make up the difference from their low hourly rate.
“You have the iPad and it’s like 15-25% tip for literally putting a bagel in a bag,” wrote one commenter.
“Tips for waiting in line, ordering, paying for yourself and picking up yourself?” wrote another commenter. “Yes, I don’t think so. Tips are for waiters and drivers.”
“Would you like to tip 25%, 35% or 50%?” a third joked.
Others had more specific reasons and experiences that led them to tip where they can.
“I still tip because I know what it’s like on the other side,” wrote one commenter.
“I can say no one has ever relied on tips on how to pay bills in the comments,” wrote another.
“I always tip my baristas and waiters. Customer service is no joke,” wrote one commenter.
Some argued that the responsibility should lie with companies rather than customers. “Imagine shaming people for not tipping but not shaming companies for underpaid work,” said one.
“Companies should pay them. no customers,” said another.
Another side of the discussion came from workers who expressed that they didn’t like having to ask for tips at all.
“As if we wanted to ask you all to tip us,” wrote one commenter.
“I’m embarrassed to have to tell people it’s going to ask you a tip question I didn’t ask there,” wrote another commenter.
“You guys accuse the staff like we’re not literally trained to show you the iPad with the tip option,” wrote one commenter. “Tip earners get paid less because we earn tips, it’s all twisted against the employee bruh. We don’t get any money and customers think we’re greedy.”
The Daily Dot reached out to @onswin via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: April 1, 2022 at 9:44 am CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
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