Server Says Tipping 5% Is An Insult, Demands Customers Tip More Amid Inflation

The tipping culture in the United States is unique. When eating at a restaurant, it is standard to tip at least 15%, but especially for excellent service or a large party, it’s best to leave 20-25%. Technically, there are no requirements to tip, but it is understood that servers are working for tips, as the federal minimum wage for tipped employees is only $2.13 an hour. While servers can make excellent money when customers are generous, there are always some who try to abuse the system and pay for nothing more than their meals.

After becoming fed-up with repeatedly receiving small tips, one server, Ben Raanan, recently posted a rant on TikTok calling out customers for not knowing how to tip. Below, you can hear what Ben had to say and read some of the comments viewers left. Let us know what you think about this situation, whether you have ever been a server or not, and then if you’re looking for another Bored Panda piece bringing bad tippers to light, check out this story next.

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One server, Ben Raanan, recently called out customers on TikTok for leaving small tips

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Image credits: Iain Farrell (not the actual photo)

You can hear Ben’s full rant right here

@blazikenben Tip ur fucking servers #server #serverlife #serverproblems #restaurant #restaurantlife #serviceindustry #tips #tipyourserver #fyp #foryou #foryoupage ♬ original sound – Ben Raanan

Opinions of viewers were split, some who had worked in the service industry before agreed with the importance of tipping well

In theory, the tipping culture in the US provides servers with the opportunity to earn endless income. If they provide excellent service, maybe crack a few jokes and learn the names of their customers, they might receive tips higher than 25%. But the reality is that the average customer will not go above and beyond when tipping. And if they find anything wrong with their experience, like waiting 30 minutes for a table or the kitchen messing up someone’s order, a customer’s dissatisfaction tends to be reflected in how much they tip. Relying on the custom of tipping can make a server’s job extremely stressful, as there is no guarantee of how much money they’ll see on their paycheck. This uncertainty can lead to a toxic, competitive environment, and it can lead servers to resent customers who tip poorly, rather than the system in place that allows servers to earn such small wages.

While others thought Ben was directing his anger towards the wrong people

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Even more sinister than fostering an uncomfortable environment, tipping culture can even allow for racial inequality to run rampant in restaurants. According to data from the US Census Bureau of Labor Statistics of servers’ median hourly tips from 2010-2016, white servers earned significantly more tips than their Latinx, Black and Asian peers. Racial prejudices go both ways in restaurants though, as 66% of servers say they have witnessed co-workers show a bias against patrons of color. When it is assumed that white customers tip more, servers go out of their way to accommodate those eaters and minorities are left receiving less than ideal service.

So he made a follow-up video defending his stance

Tipping culture is an outdated norm that does not seem to be benefiting customers or servers. The experience of eating out would be much simpler if customers could pay for their meals and decide to leave a small tip if they felt so inclined, rather than knowing that their server is expecting a large tip to be able to pay their bills this month. Plenty of other countries pay servers living wages, so the United States could certainly revamp their system to do the same. How do you feel about the tipping culture in the US? Have you benefited from it as a server, or do you think it’s time for the minimum wage for tipped employees to be raised? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

You can hear Ben’s response to the negative comments right here

@blazikenben Reply to @c_johnson55 Workers of the world unite #server #serverlife #restaurant #serviceindustry #servertok #entitled #tips #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #geteducated ♬ original sound – Ben Raanan

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