Why We Tip
Being the bored person that I am, I came across this question on the "bitterwaitress" message board.
"I just wonder how it came about that a restaurant owner can expect to pay his staff much less than what their work is worth, and expect the customers to subsidize the rest?"
Thus questioning the reasons behind tipping, not withstanding if the service is good or bad, but why the customer is expected to pay tipped employees out of their own pockets in general.
Because some owner somewhere figured out that by government laws people getting tips already, would be eligible for a lower wage under the law.
Now I make between $18-25/ hour including both tips and my 3.09/hour.
To keep me working at a place without tips they would basically need to pay me the mean of this, say an even $20/hour.
Of course the pay for any service job is paid by the consumer, it's just figured into your bill, which you don't realize it much of the time.
ie: Half the cost of fixing your brakes is used to pay the mechanic, or part of the cost of going to the dentist pays his assistant and receptionist.
I bet you don't contest your dental bill because you waited, or will only pay for the parts on your mechanic bill because the service was rude, do you?
The problem with this is the employer can take as much as he wants out of this for himself, and pay the help as little as he wants to or can get away with to increase his profit margin.
That doesn't always happen, many receive their just due...
However, in the restaurant business most owners and managers would just keep the money for themselves if this happened, thus guaranteeing us a much lower wage.
Basically because this business is based on greed, be it a servers tips, a managers bonus, or an owners profit.
Perhaps 9 bucks/hour is what they would pay us if tipping were was nonexistent.
You may think that that pay is worthy of a job like waiting tables, after all in your mind anyone can do it. (Ha, you try it)
But see what kind of service you get if that happens, slow and uncaring, forgetful, and rude.
That is because any incentive is taken out of that work.
That is why you have a longer wait at the dentist, but a hotel receptionist is motivated by money, and will get you in a bit faster with less hassle, for a little grease on the wheels of course.
If you think your server is friendly and efficient because he likes you or loves his job, well you probably are wrong.
We do what we do for cash, do you do your job because you love it?
No, you do it mostly for the money, even though there are periods when you may enjoy it.
So the reason tipping is in existence, well its because no owner really wants to pay us, they expect you to.
If you don't, its really no skin off their backs, it doesn't cost them money.
But the general custom is you do tip for service, so they don't pay us a fair wage to live on without tips.
If you're one of those people who don't tip, or don't tip well just on principal you probably believe this...
That its not your problem what we get paid, we are there you service you, because that is our job.
Well expect shitty service...
Because we'll remember you and treat you accordingly...
And remember what Jesus said...
"Treat others as you would have them treat you."
You wouldn't want to make Jesus mad...