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Arguments of Tipping
When you’re discussing the topic of tipping, many arguments could go different ways depending on the individuals’’ point of view on the subject. Some people would argue the fact that tipping in restaurants or carryout places are a recent innovation, while others would disagree. Tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, but is expected in many circumstances for service, especially at all sit down restaurant’s which offer table service. Very few restaurant chains may discourage tipping. Fast food restaurants are those few that don’t allow their employees to accept any tips offered to them. At restaurants without tipping policies, there’s no need to tip unless there is a desire to additionally reward someone’s exceptional service.
The first rebuttal to any case against tipping is stated on the way servers make most of their income. Tipping in the Unites States compared to other countries vary in their method of tipping courtesy. Restaurant server’s hourly wages in the U.S. are as low as $2.13 an hour. In fact, most states depend on tips to account for the bulk of their income. A server may only receive a check for $100 every 2 weeks, but in tips they would make that amount of money daily. The standard for tipping in most communities is 15-20%, where in larger cities such as New York, consumers usually tip 25% and up for higher quality restaurant’s.
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In other countries, people view the subject of tipping on a different level than Americans do. For example, in Germany, waitresses are paid more in their salary, thus the tips are smaller compared to the USA. German servers receive tips as an insulting gesture or as you may say in pity, whereas in the U.S, servers see tipping as a sign of hospitality and a complimentary manner. As an example, in the United States, customers expect tap water to be served to them without asking. In other countries, most people don’t drink a lot of tap water so they don’t expect it to be served to them.
When a customer is being waited on, they expect the best quality of customer service.