Americans have taken to social media to reject out-of-control tipping suggestions, which they say have become unjustifiable in recent months.
Inflation, self-checkouts and a new expectation of tipping for such simple transactions as buying a bottle of water have prompted many to vent their frustration online.
Social media users have recently posted images of receipts that appear to show suggested tips of up to 30-50%.
“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% for all but the worst service. Sometimes even a little more. But 30% will never happen,” he added. ‘tips have gone rogue. Everyone needs to come back to it in a meaningful way.
Americans will now be fed up even more after a new bill was passed in Colorado allowing workers at Walmart and McDonald’s to accept tips. In Maryland, a unionized Apple store is also in talks to implement a tipping system.
Social media users have recently posted images of receipts that appear to indicate a suggested tip of up to 30%.
A TikToker who goes by @broadwaychey claimed he was asked to tip when ordering an item online
Twitter user Andrew Johns shared a receipt showing a suggested tip range of 20-24%, but pointed to a 4% ‘cooking’ charge that had been added to his bill.
He said: “Not only does the cost of meals increase with higher food prices and therefore higher tipping, but add a higher percentage for tipping and cooking costs.
“Going with the high end of this ‘suggested’ tip, the total tip is almost 30%!”
Some claim to have come across suggested tips that start at 30% and go up to 50%.
A Reddit shared an image of an iPad that shows the flip range to the popular “mindlyinfuriating” subreddit and captioned it: “A little cocky are we?”
“Absolute audacity and arrogance to put those amounts out there,” one commenter wrote below the post. “If I saw this screen, I wouldn’t even bother going to Custom Amount.”
“I would go straight to jump, pay my bill and never come back to this place.”
Social media commenters expressed particular frustration at being asked to tip on an iPad after simple transactions.
TikToker @poorandhungry went viral this week after posting a video in which she claimed she was asked to tip up to 50% at Ben & Jerry’s for a $2 ice cream cone.
When she opted out of tipping, the cashier expressed her frustration with a facial expression, according to the tiktoker.
@poorandhungry went viral this week after posting a video in which she claimed she was asked to tip up to 50% at Ben & Jerry’s for a $2 ice cream cone
A Reddit shared an image of an iPad that shows a 30-40% tipping range from the popular “mindlyinfuriating” subreddit
Twitter user Andrew Johns shared a receipt showing a suggested tip range of 20% to 24%, but pointed to a 4% ‘cooking’ charge that had been added to his bill.
“Like on any planet, it’s never appropriate, even though I got $100 worth of ice cream, and I’m not tipping you,” she said of the uncomfortable encounter.
Consumers say they are increasingly encountering iPads that prompt them to tip even when they haven’t interacted with an employee.
“I had takeout yesterday and was shown one of these screens,” said a Twitter user who goes by @RealPandaTheMan and posted an image of an iPad screen suggesting a tip.
‘Are they going to hate me if I press no? Guilt triggering is insane…’
Another TikToker who goes by @thejmancomesquick posted a clip complaining about being asked to tip for a pizza he ordered online and picked up himself.
‘They were like, ‘oh would you like to tip 20%? Why? What did you do?’ he said, exasperated.
“20% is when people come to your table and wait for you, pick things up, and bring things to you!” What did you do ? Directed me to your website? It’s crazy!’
Consumers say they are increasingly encountering iPad machines prompting them to tip even when they haven’t interacted with an employee (self-checkout machine at Shake Shak above)
Surprisingly, a TikToker who goes by @broadwaychey claimed he was asked to tip when ordering an item online.
‘I’m sorry, what? Am I a bad person? Because it makes me feel guilty, which is what they want,” she explained. “But I don’t tip you, I don’t even know why I tip you.”
A traveler who was asked to tip after buying a $6 bottle of water at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey told the the wall street journal the iPad prompt was akin to “emotional blackmail.”
While business owners claim that automated prompts dramatically increase tipping and thus increase staff pay, critics of the new tipping culture claim that employers shift the responsibility of paying their employees to the consumer instead of to the increase their salary themselves.
Some consumers have complained that they don’t even know where the tip goes when they haven’t received any help from any employee.
And it looks like tipping will continue to grow in the near future.
A bill passed in Colorado earlier this month would allow workers at companies like McDonald’s and Walmart to accept cash tips. Both companies have previously banned employees from taking tips from customers.
Meanwhile, staff at Apple’s first unionized store in the United States are in talks to implement a tipping system at checkout.
Workers at the Towson, Md. branch, which unionized last year, plan to ask customers if they want to add an optional tip worth 3-5% of their purchase or an amount personalized.
Currently, Apple policies state that store employees who accept a tip from a customer will automatically be fired.