I am a waiter and I work very hard for my tip. Why do people expect a tip everywhere you go?

How come mailcarriers, garbage collectors, and coffee shop employees expect a tip for christmas? They do make a higher per hour wage, where as service industry people make $2.13 per hour and most have to tip out the host staff, backwaiters, and bartenders. When we don't get a tip we are still paying other employees. It's as if we paid to wait on a table. Help me understand, why certain people expect tips?

Asked By: Michael P - 12/2/2007
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Well being in a ex-waiter it is a very simple question to answer. You provide a service so do mailcarrirers, garbage collectors and everyone you mentioned above. So they dont expect a tip but something that shows you appreciate what they do for you, it doesnt have to be money. It can be a card or chocolates or some... More
Answered By: lo82284 - 12/2/2007
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Just because they can, otherwise they wouldn't expect anything. I think you should have to work for tips but I also think waiters wand waitress need to be tipped at least 10% no matter what unless they were rude.
Answered By: j_thang_2001 - 12/2/2007
Because they can... More
Answered By: ESweetPea - 12/2/2007
I understand your pain. I've been a waitress many, many times. My biggest pet peeve is Starbucks. I'm paying $5 for a drink and you think you deserve a tip?! All you did was make a drink and overcharge me for it.
Answered By: OhKatie! - 12/2/2007
idk the only people who deserve a tip are waiters, delivery guys, taxi guys, or guys who help u lift something heavy
Answered By: xo lolipops - 12/2/2007
I am from England. I never realised that in the USA you waiters get paid so little. In England the minimim wage at 17 is about 7 dollars per hour and 11 dollars an hour at 18... More
Answered By: Graham H - 12/2/2007
That's a great question. Every time I go into Starbucks I never tip. Tips are for people making below minimum wage. I know $8 an hour, or whatever the baristas make isn't a ton of money, but come on, all they did was turn around and get me a cup of coffee. That's what they are paid the $8 an hour for. Why would I give... More
Answered By: addie - 12/2/2007
I agree with you, it has become crazy. In the restaurant industry we all know that the wait staff don't get paid a living wage by the management and that the tip is expected as their re-numeration. This applies in the US, but not in other countries where the wait staff is paid by management, so smaller tips are A-OK in... More
Answered By: Aine - 12/2/2007
im a waitress so i know exactly how you feel. the closest i can think is that at the end of the year they expect to be rewarded by everyone they come in contact with during the holidays. they often forget that waiters and waitresses are always tipping out and dont get paid as much as we do. and there are always those... More
Answered By: tamara - 12/2/2007
While they may make a higher base wage than you, mail carriers and garbage collectors still work very hard. It is just a polite way of acknowledging that you appreciate their hard work. Giving to them does not take away from you, so I'm not sure why you are upset about other people being treated nicely.
Answered By: Christine H - 12/2/2007
A friend once put it so well: Tipping is not a requirement but rather a matter of class and good breeding... More
Answered By: Deb W - 12/2/2007
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