AS INFLATION continues to rise, some consumers have expressed their frustration over the pressure to tip at coffee shops and fast-food restaurants.
Some customers are frustrated with having to pay more in tips when they buy food, something that may be caused by inflation[/caption]
With the increasing adoption of digital payment methods, customers are frequently prompted to leave a tip, sometimes as high as 30%.
Oftentimes, this occurs at places where they normally wouldn’t tip so much, according to Associated Press.
“I just think for a takeout item, you should not be paying anywhere near, or tipping anywhere near, 20%,” a West Palm Beach resident said
However, some customers disagree.
“I honestly think we need to make it a lifestyle to tip our employees at the restaurants and even, like, Door Dash, anything that’s service industry,” another consumer said.
For those with a limited budget, leaving a tip every time they order a coffee or snack can be difficult.
Etiquette expert Thomas Farley believes that the etiquette of tipping is simple.
“When it comes to doing walk-in and walk-out food service, so somebody is handing you a can of soda from across the counter, someone is handing you a cookie that you ordered at a bakery,” Farley said.
“There is absolutely, positively no requirement — no etiquette requirement — that you provide a gratuity,” he added.
“The idea of gratuity as it really evolved in the United States is for people who are making sub-minimum wage,” he said.
Ries agrees with Farley, stating: “TIPS is actually an acronym and what it means is ‘to insure prompt service.’”
“That’s where the word tips comes from, and a tip is not something that should be on the automatic level. A tip is earned.”