Why do people tip? If you’re not from the US, you might have understood this as a gesture of appreciation for someone who did their job well and beyond. However, as a US citizen, the meaning of tipping has changed. Any server from the States can tell you how much their living depends on it.
Ben Raanan went on a big rant on customers who never tip enough. He demands that people should always tip 20% of their bill.
“Okay, this is for all you bad tippers out there,” he ranted. “If you don’t know how to tip, I get that. But FYI, $10 is not cute like it used to be. It’s not the 1950s, it’s not the 2000s anymore.”
“Inflation means that $10 is not worth that much anymore. You can’t just leave a little cute $5, a little cute $10 for your server,” he continued. “It’s not fun and cute.”
He added that 20% should be the logical and bare minimum amount people tip.
“If your bill was $50, you can leave 10. That’s 20%, that’s fine. If your bill was $200 and you leave me $10, that’s a 5%, that’s f***ed up. That’s a f***ing insult. Okay, don’t do that to a restaurant. If you come back to my restaurant after leaving me 5%, honestly even 10%, I’m gonna say something like, “Was there a problem with your service last time?”
“Because you tipped 10%, 5%, and that is not a good tip at all. Imma put you on the spot. Servers, we honestly need to start doing that because, like, this is f***ed up. People shouldn’t be doing that. If you don’t know how to calculate the tip, take the bill, move it one decimal point, that’s 10%. Double it, that’s 20%. That’s what you should tip.”
Some agree with the man’s anger and rant, suggesting that everyone should at least experience the service industry at least once.
But others feel like this is entitlement directed at the wrong party: where are the employers who are supposed to pay a living wage?
The tipping culture runs deep and seems to have earned a different, wrong meaning in the States. Employers are allowed to run their businesses and pay employees next to nothing as they beg for tips to make ends meet. It gets worse with the US Census Bureau of Labor Statistics found out that servers get tipped differently depending on their racial appearances.
And this goes both ways. Servers tend to serve white customers better because they’re perceived to be bigger tippers. Meanwhile patrons tip white people more than people from different skin color, such as Asians and Black people.
Ben stands with his opinion and enforces it in another video, “If I’m not entitled to a tip, you’re not entitled to good service.”
“Guess what? You take for granted the nice experience that you have at restaurants. I think most people do. Until you’ve worked a server’s job, I think you truly don’t understand all that extra work.”
“It’s a minimum wage job. I could give you minimum wage work. I could be like, ‘Hey, guys, tell me everything you want for the whole meal.’ And I will bring it all out at once. And then the second you finish, ‘I’m checking you out, you have to leave.'”
“That’s what minimum wage work looks like. Sounds a lot like McDonald’s, right? But you come to a restaurant because you don’t want McDonald’s; you want a service experience. You want people to serve you, you want to be able to just be like, ‘I need another side of it. This is undercut. I would like three rounds of Casamigos shots.'”
“So, if you want to not tip because you really think that service work is not worth your money, then tell your server at the beginning of the meal that you’re not going to tip and see what kind of service you get.”
“I am not the entitled one. You are entitled if you think that your nice experience at restaurants is out of the kindness of my heart. No. Money makes the world go round. And if you want good service, you better give me a good tip. That’s just how it works. Don’t be a d**k.”