Woman says she was asked to leave a tip for checking luggage at airport

A user on TikTok has sparked debate after claiming she was asked for a tip by the person checking in her bag at the airport.

In a video with over 101,000 views, TikTok user Addysen (@addydrake98) says she was checking in her bag when the clerk first informed her that she could pay by card but only leave a cash tip.

Confused at first, she was asked to tip again when paying. She remained confused and now recalls the experience as unpleasant, calling the person who checked her in “rude”.

While Addysen notes that she works in the service industry and understands the need for tips, she says she wasn’t sure why she was asked to tip in the first place given how much she paid for her flight and her checked baggage paid for.

“What am I tipping this man for? What am I paying all this money for?” she asks at the end of the video.

@addydrake98 ♬ Original sound – Addysen Drake

Unbeknownst to Addysen, this is actually a fairly common practice for curbside baggage handlers. A USA Today article advises that customers should pay “between $1.00 and $2.00 per bag” as a thank you to bag handlers who work curbside.

A commenter who claimed to work in the industry summed up the situation as follows: “If this was an agent at the TKT counter, big no no. Curbside are contractual (diff IDbadge) are allowed but should not ask.”

In an Instagram direct message exchange with the Daily Dot, Addysen clarifies that she did not know this information prior to making the video.

“I wasn’t aware it was a tilted position, which is why I made the video in the first place,” she wrote. “After doing my own research, I realized it wasn’t an airport site.”

She also shared her dislike of the tipping culture.

“…I think tipping positions like this are a way for companies not to pay their employees fairly, so I disagree. While I will be tipping skycaps in the future, I think companies should increase their salaries so it’s not the consumer’s job,” she explained.

Addysen’s video struck a chord with viewers on TikTok, who seem fed up with being asked to tip with seemingly every purchase.

“No, because I’m done. Unless it’s a restaurant where someone actually serves me while I’m eating, or if I get food delivered, I stop tipping for anything else,” one user wrote. “Have to step on the gas.”

“Literally EVERYONE wants a tip now,” said another. “it’s crazy!”

Other users shared stories of unlikely places where they were asked for a tip.

“A few months ago I was asked if I would like to tip the staff when I placed an ONLINE ORDER for some nose rings,” says one user. “I’m sorry??? Tipping on a website? Bye.”

“I bought a gift card at a drive-through and they asked me for a tip,” claimed a second. “Yeah no.”


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*Initial publication: December 28, 2022 at 8:30 am CST

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