It seems that no matter what job they are doing, Americans expect a tip. tipping in my country is a fairly recent thing and only happens if the person serving you goes above and beyond. oing back 10 years or so, tipping was never a thing.
You are getting paid by your employer, so why do Americans expect their customers to tip them? surely this isn't short of begging?
Apologies for my cultural ignorance.
Most Helpful Girl
The word "Tips" actually means To Insure Prompt Service. People would pay an added incentive to those providing a service to ensure they are getting quick attention.
I agree that tipping has gotten out of hand. I mean when did it become okay to expect a tip for simply doing their job? I can see in some situations like wait staff, since their wages are lower due to receiving tips.
But everywhere I go there is a tip jar. I get kind of put off by it. I mean if people want to tip, then that's fine. But they are becoming too much of a thing.0
Most Helpful Guy
Many of the jobs get paid under the minimum wage actually... I think waiters and waitresses only make 2.75/h here, but minimum is 7.25 (and should be much higher to be honest). Businesses take into account your average tips when deciding what you get paid hourly.
I could not tell you how tipping came to be a part of our culture so much, my inner historian says it has to do with slavery and racism originally, and maybe on with immigrants doing any service possible, even when it was not through a formal job with pay.
I can tell you now, many Americans hate serving foreigners because too many (not all) believe as you do- and choose not to tip out of either ignorance, or worse- disapproval of the practice. I know many people that as soon as they hear an accent, they stop trying and put their time and effort into tables with Americans because they will tip.
I am not saying it is a good practice, I lived in Europe for well over a year with hardly any tipping, and tax included and I enjoyed it very much- but that is simply not how it is done here, and difficult to change.0