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Customer reveals controversial "new rule" to decide if he should leave a tip

Tuesday, 28/05/2024, 12:49 (GMT+7)

A new rule implemented for tipping was posed by a customer has sparked debate on social media.

A recent incident involving a customer's controversial "new rule" on tipping at restaurants has sparked a heated debate on social media.

The incident has brought attention to the tipping issue in the US and the differing perspectives on when and how much to tip.

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Robert Calver expressed his frustration with the excessive tipping culture in the US. Image Credit: TikTok

The man, identified as Robert Calver, took to TikTok to express his frustration with what he perceived as an excessive tipping culture. 

In a video that quickly went viral, Calver stated, "New Rule: If I order standing up, I'm not tipping." The video captured Calver seated while enjoying a meal consisting of french fries, a burger, and a drink.

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In the viral video, he stated that he is not tipping if he orders standing up. Image Credit: TikTok

Calver's stance on tipping quickly divided social media users. 

Some individuals agreed with his perspective, questioning the necessity of tipping when they have essentially served themselves.

Others sympathized with service industry workers, acknowledging the low wages they often receive and advocating for tipping regardless of the establishment or service quality.

They argued that tipping should be reserved for situations where service staff provide personalized attention, such as in full-service restaurants or bars.

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His "new rule" sparked heated debate on social media. Image Credit: Getty

Restaurant workers need to stop working for less than minimum wage. The restaurant owners will have to pay or serve their own food, one user said.

When I went to a buffet and they asked for a tip… I literally got up and got my own food, the second user said..

I stopped tipping once they started adding automatic gratuity, the third user commented.

Never tip for anything bro, we’re already paying for the damn service or goods, another wrote.

Critics of Calver's rule argued that tipping is not solely about compensating for service but is also a way to show appreciation for the hard work and effort put in by service staff. 

They highlighted that even a small tip can make a significant difference in the lives of those working in the service industry.

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Critics argue tipping shows appreciation for service, not just compensation. Image Credit: Getty

The debate also mentioned the broader issue of fair wages for service workers.

Certain individuals pointed out that the employer has to ensure fair compensation for their staff by providing them with a livable income, rather than relying heavily on customer tips. 

On the other hand, some people expressed empathy towards service workers who heavily rely on tips as a means to supplement their earnings.

Remarkably, tipping practices vary across countries and cultures.

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Some argued that employers should provide fair wages instead of relying heavily on customer tips. Credit: Getty

While tipping is customary in many parts of the world, it is not universally expected or practiced.

In some countries, service charges or gratuity may already be included in the bill, eliminating the need for additional tipping.

This is not the first time tipping sparked heated debate.

Lately, a man recently expressed his anger and frustration after realizing that the issue of tipping in the US has gotten out of control.

He shared his experience on TikTok, highlighting the excessive nature of tipping practices in the country.

The TikTok user, @cbwritescopy, posted a video recounting his unpleasant encounter at a coffee shop in Miami. He explained that he had bought a cup of pumpkin spice latte and had to leave a tip even though he didn't want to.

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@cbwritescopy shared a TikTok video about being forced to tip when purchasing a pumpkin spice latte. Credit: TikTok

Christian was upset because his bill included a "mandatory service charge," forcing him to pay a tip regardless of his choice.

He felt that tipping in the US has become too much and doesn't make sense, especially for something as basic as a cup of coffee.

He further mentioned that he is willing to tip generously for a great three-course meal or excellent service, but tipping for a basic cup of coffee seems unnecessary to him. 

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The man stated that the tipping in the US has gotten out of control. Credit: TikTok

The video sparked a divided response on TikTok, with some agreeing with Christian's viewpoint that tipping for a cup of coffee is unreasonable, while others argued that it is part of the culture and a way to show appreciation for service.