And This Is Why I Don’t Like Tipping….


So last weekend I went to this new spot (well, new to me) and had quite an experience. It was a juice bar/yoga center combined & was very earthy yet modern at the same time. The café was rather large & had concrete floors and open ceilings. There was some “groovy” music in the background and the place was well-lighted. There was an atrium in the center of the café & the place even had free parking (which is always a bonus in LA)!

I was there with a group of people but when it came time to eat I went up to the counter to place my order. After some deliberation and a little bit of taste-tasting, I ended up getting a bottle of organic juice served in a glass bottle for $10. (Think of a Naked juice bottle but twice as large) I’m neither a vegan nor a vegetarian and I normally don’t order organic food but that’s all that was available so I decided to give it a try. The juice I ordered had beets, apples, other various fruits & vegetables and some seasonings like ginger, turmeric and lemon. The juice was pre-bottled so as soon as I made my selection the cashier simply turned around, reached into the cooler behind him grabbed my juice and handed it to me. Before doing all of that, he took my debit card & ran it, flipped the computer screen or “register” around and had me sign for the bill with my finger. Before I could get to the signature line, a “tipping screen” popped up. The “tipping screen” had multiple options for me to select how much of a tip I wanted to leave before proceeding to close out my tab. At this particular joint, the options were: no tip, 18%, 20% and even a whopping 30%!

I was immediately turned off. Here I am buying something to drink that is already premade & I’m expected to leave a minimum of $2?! And to think that there was even a 30% tip option is ludicrous!! Of course, I could’ve selected the “no tip” option, but I didn’t want to perpetuate any stereotypes (African Americans don’t tip well) nor did I want to seem cheap. Since I was with a group & the café was letting us use their space, I wanted to support a small business owner, which is why I was purchasing a $10 pre-bottled beverage in the first place (can you say: overpriced?!). But when no work is involved and no service takes place, I don’t see why a tip is expected. Maybe their computer software is set up to automatically request a tip with any purchase, but if it’s something as simple as a drink (again, pre-bottled), that screen should be bypassed. The worst part about it all was that 18% was the lowest tip you could give, as there wasn’t an option to change the percentage or alter the tip amount at all. Tipping has seemed to take over the service industry completely, but not everybody handling food deserves it.

Normally, I don’t have a problem tipping. If I’m going out to eat at a SIT DOWN restaurant and receive service from a waiter or waitress, then that’s fine. But if I’m picking up my order or simply buying some juice (as this was the case), then I don’t see the purpose in tipping. Am I tipping because you know how to lift a glass of juice? Or am I tipping because you wrapped up my to-go container in a plastic bag & tied it up for me to carry out? Will I go back to that place again? Probably. Will I order the same thing when I go back? Maybe so. Will I leave a tip next time? I don’t think so. I’m sorry, but my hard earned money only goes to hard-working servers.

What are your thoughts about tipping? Do you tip for a carry-out meal? Do you think restaurants are getting greedy expecting patrons to tip 18%-20% nowadays?

4 thoughts on “And This Is Why I Don’t Like Tipping….

  1. I hit the ‘no tip’ and move on. As far as the valet, I always feel played afterwards. Especially when the parking lot is empty and all the spots have those stupid cones, so you are forced to valet….

  2. I would have simply put “No Tip”. The worker knows they didn’t earn one just like you know they didn’t earn one. Almost every place that you can buy a consumable product outside of grocery stores and your traditional fast food restaurants have a tip option included in the purchase. Even when you pick up a pizza for carry out you often see a tip option listed.

    I believe that it is a conscious decision by those (owners/managers, etc) setting up the system to take advantage of people who are easily guilted by not leaving a tip, (even when its not earned), people who are worried about what others would think of them if they don’t leave a tip, and people (especially blacks) who worry about playing into a stereotype.

    It all boils down to how important it is for you not to give away your money if you don’t feel it’s warranted. If as a black person, you tip reasonably when you receive service that deserves a tip, why would it bother you to hit “no tip” in a situation like this? Do you feel it’s your duty to make up for all the bad black tippers at that given moment? Do you know that blacks are not even close to being the worst tippers, we are just the ones that get talked about the most.

    I remember hanging out with you a few years back and to be honest with you YJ, despite being one of the most beautiful women I have ever met. You came across as one of those people who would judge a person if they didn’t tip in that situation so i’m not surprised that it made you feel some type of way.

    But in the end, you are the one who has to decide how you are going to act despite outside influences and factors. I could care less about the people around, If I go first they are probably going to follow suit. For me in that situation… “No Tip”, but I do tip the waiters and servers and others who provide a good service, even valets and non-food service workers that do a great job. I’m not even opposed to being one of those outrageous tippers if I feel the situation is right.

    Hope you’re doing well YJ, I sometimes think of you and hope the world is doing you right.

    Happy New Year

    1. THANK YOU! Glad you’re reading my blog (and actually responding). I appreciate it 🙂
      Next time I probably won’t tip, especially in a situation where the meal is pre-prepared. I will say that I have a problem tipping the valet when they park my car 10 feet away (lol!).

      Anyway, Happy New Year’s & thanks for reading 😉

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