Do Americans enjoy their tip culture?
I think the great majority hate it and complain about it.
But when they go to other countries and find a 15–20% service charge included in the bill, YET OFTEN FIND THE SERVICE SLOW, SLOPPY, SURLY, OR ABYSMAL, they generally decide that the tipping culture encourages the excellent American service we have, which unfortunately, people take for granted until they leave the U. S.
So in the final analysis, it is the lesser of two evils.
No. I think it's stupid but people who can receive tips generally have very low-paying jobs so it's seen as rude to refuse.
We certainly used to do, But circumcision has fallen out of favor in recent years. Oh, you were asking about something else.
This American dislikes it so much that he usually chooses fast food type establishments or eats at home solely to avoid this issue. I don't mind the money paid in a tip, but I loathe anything where the price of things is not clear at the outset. I hate haggling and auctions and garage sales and almost never participate in such things. I dislike sales tax being added on at the cash register. People can tell me until their tongues turn blue how to calculate a tip, but I never, ever feel comfortable with the amount I leave. I vastly prefer any system where the gratuity, tax et al is baked into the quoted price. (By the way, added charges for ‘shipping and handling' for on-line purchases falls into this same category of charges; I have frequently canceled an order at checkout when presented with this added cost.) I think I hate this stuff a lot more than most, but here is one definite ‘no' response to the question.
I actually do. I like feeling generous and spreading my money around, and I want people to know that I especially appreciate their service. When I was in college I worked as a waitress for tips, and I made a lot of money at it, so I have no problem tipping people who do their jobs well. I realize this opinion is not shared by very many Americans though.
But many restaurant owners (and other businesses) enjoy the fact that they can cut their salary costs to almost zero and blame the customer for requiring people to work for $2.13 an hour. It allows them to say they hire and pay employees instead of having slaves. They should have signs that say, "if my employees starve in the cold tonight, it's your fault."
As a customer, I don't know if the person taking my order at the counter is paid regular minimum wage or not. Why is it that we are expected to tip at Starbucks, but not for having someone frame a picture? We are expected to tip the housekeeper if we stay at a hotel one night-for making sure the room we got was clean. We tip a masseur but not a psychologist. We tip someone for cutting our toenails but not one who cuts out a tumor. We tip someone who cuts our hair but not one who hems our pants. We tip the person at the door of an apartment, but not one at the door of an office building. And when I bring something up to the counter of some stores and pay for it, there's a tip jar so I can pay for the privilege of giving them my money.
I can imagine what it's like for a foreigner. You refer to a tipping culture. The word culture is also used to describe the growth of bacteria. Seems a good choice of a word.
In a word, no. Over the years the idea of tipping for service has grown to the point of it being annoying. What was once a limited, voluntary extra for good service has now become overly widespread and, in some cases, mandatory. It would not surprise me if someday the mail delivery person refuses to give me my mail unless I fork over a generous tip.