By Germania Rodríguez Beaulieu for Dailymail.Com
18:18 May 20, 2023 Updated at 23:16 May 20, 2023
- Americans have taken to social media to complain about proposed tipping rates
- Receipts posted on Twitter indicate that receipts could be as high as 30 percent
- Many have expressed their annoyance at facing the iPad and asked for a tip after simple purchases
Americans are taking to social media to throw suggestions of tipping out of control, which they say has become unjustifiably high in recent months.
Inflation, self-checkout machines, and new expectations of tipping for simple transactions like buying a bottle of water have prompted many to share their frustrations online.
Social media users recently posted pictures of receipts that appear to show suggested tips of up to 30 to 50 percent.
Remember when the suggested amounts were 15%, 18%, and 20%? Twitter user Jeff Catalfino wrote earlier this year alongside a photo of a receipt totaling $61.48.
I will tip 20% to all but the worst service. Sometimes a little more. But 30% will never happen.” “Tipping has become commonplace. There must be great opposition to this by everyone.
Americans are now bound to become more fed up after a new bill passed in Colorado that allows workers at Walmart and McDonald’s to accept tips. In Maryland, a union Apple store is also in talks to implement a tipping system.
Twitter user Andrew Johns shared a receipt that showed a suggested tip range of 20 percent to 24 percent, but indicated a 4 percent kitchen fee added to his bill.
“Not only does it cost more to eat out as food prices go up and so the tip increases, you add a higher percentage of the tip and kitchen fees,” he said.
“In keeping with the higher end of this ‘suggested’ tip, the total reward is about 30%!”
Some claim to have encountered suggested tips starting at 30 percent and going as high as 50 percent.
Reddit shared a photo of an iPad that shows the scope of the switch to the popular “mindlyinfuriating” subreddit, headlined: “Are we a little reckless?”
“Sheer audacity and arrogance to put these sums out there,” one commenter wrote below the post. If I see that screen, I won’t bother going to Custom Amount.
I’m going straight to skip, pay my bill, and never go back to that place.
Social media commenters expressed their frustration with being asked to tip an iPad after minor transactions.
TikTokerpoorandhungry went viral this week after posting a video where she claimed she was asked to tip up to 50 percent off at Ben & Jerry’s for $2 ice cream.
When she chose not to tip, the cashier made a frustrated facial expression, according to Tiktoker.
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“Like no planet is that fit at all,” she said of the uncomfortable encounter, “Even if you get $100’s worth of ice cream, I don’t message you.”
Consumers say they’re increasingly faced with iPads that prompt them to tip even when they’re not interacting with an employee.
“I took takeout yesterday and one of these displays was served,” said a Twitter user who went to @RealPandaTheMan and posted a picture of an iPad screen that suggested flipping it.
Will they hate me if I press no? Tripping over guilt is insane…”
Another TikToker by @thejmancomesquick posted a clip complaining about being asked to tip for a pizza he ordered online and picked up himself.
They were like, ‘Would you like to leave a 20 percent tip? Why? What have you done?’ he said angrily.
20 percent off when people come to your table and wait for you and pick up things and bring things to you! What do you want to do? direct me to your website? This is madness!’
Shockingly, one TikToker go-to @broadwaychey claimed she was asked to leave a tip while ordering an item online.
‘I’m sorry, what?’ am I a bad person? Because they make me feel guilty, which is what they want. “But I don’t give a damn about you, I don’t even know what to give you.”
A traveler who was asked to tip after purchasing a $6 bottle of water at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey told the Wall Street Journal that the iPad claim was akin to “emotional blackmail.”
While business owners say that automated claims greatly increase tips and thus raise employee salaries, critics of the new tipping culture say employers are placing the responsibility of paying their employees on the consumer rather than raising their own.
Some consumers have complained that they don’t even know where the tip goes when they don’t get any help from any employees.
And it looks like tipping will continue to expand in the near future.
A bill passed in Colorado earlier this month would allow workers of companies like McDonald’s and Walmart to accept cash tips. Both companies have previously banned employees from taking tips from customers.
Meanwhile, employees of Apple’s first US store union are in talks to implement a tipping system at check-out.
Workers at the Towson, Maryland branch — which unionized last year — plan to ask customers if they’d like an optional 3- to 5-percent bonus addition to their purchases or an earmarked amount.
Apple’s policies currently state that store workers who accept a tip from a customer will be automatically fired.
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