The concept of paying someone extra for a service you've already paid for is disturbing. I used to think the American tipping culture was purely done out of the goodness of one's heart
I never understood this tipping thing. I mean, I understand if you want to show your appreciation to someone's service if you are thrilled by it. But it becomes a real problem when you are always expected as a rule to do that. And therein lies the problem with American tipping culture; the absolute entitlement that comes with it
Waitresses, taxi drivers, bartenders, pizza deliverers — or anything that isn't pizza — and many more, all expect to be tipped even sometimes when they do a terrible job. There's even an unspoken rule where one is expected to pay not less than 15% of the cost of their service. Wait, what? If I have already paid for my service, why the fuck do I have to pay more?
I was told that usually people who worked in services that required being tipped have low minimum wage. You know what? I sympathise with that. I really do. But still, it isn't the consumer's job to be supplementing a worker's pay simply because their employer who should know better isn't doing the right thing.
And while we're at it, why don't we start tipping doctors, and teachers, and scientists and… you get it. I come from a culture where tipping is not a thing. And it's a freaking poor country. For a country that claims to be number one, a ridiculous claim to be honest, the fact that a significant portion of its population have to depend on tips to survive is really sad. Like, how do you have time to invest in destabilizing other countries and yet gloss over the basic necessities of your own people?
As harmless as tipping sounds, it sheds light on a much larger issue in America. Do better.