- One TikToker user said the Ben & Jerry’s operator was upset because she didn’t tip the $2 purchase.
- Commentators agreed that she should not have had to tip, and that the shifting culture had become “out of control”.
- TikTok is full of popular videos criticizing the spread of tipping screens.
Fiery arguments and incessant tirades are permanent fixtures of the Internet, but there’s at least one thing everyone on the Internet seems to agree on lately: the culture of gratuities has become unacceptable.
A creator recently went viral and invoked an interaction last week at a local ice cream chain run by Ben & Jerry’s. @Poorandhungry, who has 236,000 followers on TikTok, told fans that an employee got upset at her for not paying her to buy a $2 cone.
In her video, which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times, @poorandhungry said she didn’t want ice cream, just a “fresh and warm” waffle, which costs $2. She said that when she paid for the cone with her card, a digital screen with tips in different percentages automatically appeared.
TikToker did not reveal the exact percentages but claimed it was “insane” because of how little the cone cost.
“I don’t tip you a dollar for the $2 you just gave me,” she said. “I’m not.”
When she didn’t tip, she claimed the clerk made the angry hand gesture. TikToker was frustrated with the reaction and told viewers that on “no planet” this type of response would ever be appropriate.
“Furthermore, Miss Girl, what did you expect me to advise you to hand me a cone for?” I asked rhetorically. “There wasn’t even a favor to be exchanged… It was a bargain, it wasn’t even an act of service.”
A slew of commenters have supported TikToker, with some sharing their own anecdotes about situations in which they were encouraged to tip for minor favors.
“The tipping screen popped up when I was at the pet store the other day,” one person wrote. “All you did was give me prices for the items I wanted.”
Another TikToker commented indignantly: “There was a slashed screen at one of those frozen yogurt places where you get it all yourself.” “You did all the work! Advice for what??”
Many people said they believe strongly in tipping, but only in specific circumstances, such as restaurants, bars, and other places where the worker provides personal service.
One viewer opined, “Tips are getting out of hand. Like waitresses, etc., it makes sense.” “But it pops up when I shop online!? Like no..dont.”
Insider has reached out to @poorandhungry for comment.
His TikTok app is the latest in a series of popular videos countering modern flip culture and the proliferation of flip screens, which have been adopted by businesses of all sizes across the country over the past few years.
Creator @jareenimam recently made a video saying it felt like “emotional blackmail” after she bought a snack at Newark Airport in New Jersey and was asked to tip at least 20% while on a self-checkout method. Another TikToker amassed hundreds of thousands of views with a video complaining about the way she was asked to tip at Starbucks, a Bubba store, and Goodwill.
“Waiters, runners, chefs, etc..now they deserve a tip,” TikToker wrote in the description. “But spilled boba tea? Nope!”
The idea of the tip culture spiraling out of control has gone so viral that it’s become something of a meme, with posters parodying it to highlight just how ridiculous it can be. In one sketch, a man asked to pet a woman’s cute dog, and after he did, his owner raised a tilted screen on her phone.
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