bookmark_borderTipping Culture is Out of Control

Now that the conversation about tipping culture is entering into mainstream consciousness, I felt like it would be a good idea for me to set some ground rules for myself on how and when I tip. These rules will help me to manage my costs, but also ensure that the folks that should get a tip, get a tip.

First, I will no longer tip outside the hospitality industry. If you’re rotating my tires, and I’m paying for it, you won’t be getting tipped. Hospitality wages, especially wait staff wages, are generally the lowest of the low and the folks working those jobs are the most deserving of a tip. There are a couple of exceptions to this for me though. For personal services like haircuts or massages, I’m willing to tip for good service, and I’ll generally be more willing to tip if it’s not expected of me.

Second, I will no longer tip pre-service. If I order something at a fast-casual place, and I’m prompted to enter a tip, it will be zero. Tipping pre-service is just a voluntary fee that I’m not going to pay anymore. If you’d like to earn a tip, feel free to put a tip jar on the counter. If the service and/or meal are especially good, I have no problem dropping some cash into the jar.

Third, my standard tip will be 15% of the total (including taxes) of the bill. If the service is really good, I’ll allow myself to go to 18%. If the service is not good, it will still be 15% because I’m willing to assume no ill intentions and can give the staff the benefit of the doubt that they may be having a bad day. For me, it’s just one not-great meal that I’ll quickly forget about and it’s not worth getting into a fuss over. And at the end of the day, the folks working to serve me still deserve to be paid.

I don’t think tipping culture will change until we stop tipping for every little thing. Many of the corporations that are setting up their PoS systems to ask for tips are already making record profits and underpaying their workers. Yes, tip for good service, but don’t feel like you need to tip for EVERY service.

bookmark_borderMay 19th, 2023

Ephesians 1:22-23 CSB – And he subjected everything under his feet and appointed him as head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

Over the last six weeks, I’d say, I’ve only been able to attend church in person, once. There were a few weeks where we missed attending because we were sick with Covid. Another week, Anneke was able to attend, but I was in Michigan at a convention. A couple more weeks were taken up by a family vacation where we roamed around Georgia and east Florida. The one week in the middle of all of that where I was actually able to attend felt like coming home but also felt like being introduced to a new group of people for the first time. I was so disconnected and felt awkward and nervous. Because I hadn’t been in regular communion with the body of Christ, I wasn’t functioning to my potential fullness. The verse above mentions… the church, which is his body… I am a part of the church, which is his body. I was disconnected from the body of Christ for a while because I was disconnected from the church, and I felt the effects of that. It was kind of a shriveling, fading feeling. That feeling serves as a stark reminder to me of how important it is to maintain connections with the body of Christ during busy times, sick times, and fun times. It’s essential to maintain those connections because if you don’t, you’re vulnerable to the machinations of the enemy.

Now that I’m able to attend again (and write devotionals again), I’m starting to get that “full” feeling back. I’m excited to be able to serve this Sunday and see folks that I haven’t seen in some time.