You go to the restaurant and get a nice meal and good service so you tip the waitress. More than likely, your meal was okay, your service was hurried and impersonal, and you still feel obligated to tip more than 10%. You tell yourself you’re doing it because the waitress needs your tips to survive.
In your effort to do something nice for your server, you’re actually doing them harm.
By tipping, you’re encouraging, almost forcing the restaurant owner to steal their tips. Here’s how.
By knowing that the waitresses get 10-15% in tips, the owner reduces their pay by that much, effectively stealing her tips.
This happens in EVERY restaurant and EVERY industry where tips are expected.
This isn’t fair to the worker. They should be paid fairly by their employer and if they’re not, we, you and I, should not be giving them our business.
What happens when a waitress stays home sick? They get minimum wage and no tips for the time she’s out of work. Sick leave seldom includes tips.
So, by tipping, you’re at fault for the waitress’ poor pay and lack of fair Social Security contributions, and poor sick leave.
And, this problem isn’t just limited to the restaurant industry.