A disgruntled shopper has vowed to stop “tipping unnecessarily” by 2024, after feeling “pressured” to leave a tip at a self-checkout.
Minna Lee, a blogger from New York currently living in Los Angeles, took to TikTok to hold herself “responsible” and share her opinion on the topic of when to tip.
The video published under his name. @livingminnaly It has already been viewed by more than 470,000 people and has the legend: “Tipping culture in 2024: I will always pay well and tip well for service, but I will no longer be pressured by my colleagues with a tablet in situations that do not require it” . he’.
He announced to his 21,000 followers: “I will make this public now to be responsible for it, but in 2024 I will no longer give unnecessary tips.”
Minna Lee, a blogger from New York currently living in Los Angeles, took to TikTok to hold herself “accountable” and share her opinion on the controversial topic.
‘Before you start thinking I’m cheap or something, for the service I will definitely pay 20% to 25% for everything: restaurants, coffee, beauty services, haircuts and things like that.
“But the tablet tipping culture has gotten so out of control to the point that now I walk into a retail store and get a greeting card, pick one myself, go to the register and pay, and there’s a 20% suggestion waiting for me.’
Minna recalled that she had even heard of tablets asking for tips at “self-serve yogurt stations.”
She reasoned: ‘Of course, in this country we also have a trickle-down effect problem when companies don’t take proper care of their employees.
“Therefore, the burden of maintaining the salaries of those employees falls on the consumer, which is not right.”
“Like I said, for service industry jobs, I’m more than happy to tip for making my coffee and things like that.”
Places where he’ll reconsider include: “retail stores where no one really helps you, any retail, not just clothes and stuff.”
And he added that he’s seen this happen at retailers like liquor stores, farmers market stands and individual stands.
He announced to his 21,000 followers: “I will make this public now to be responsible, but in 2024 I will no longer give unnecessary tips.”
From now on you will not tip in situations where you have not received much or any service and the “20% tip would suggest 20% of the cost of the goods.”
“I tell myself that people like this, because every time they turn the tablet over to me, I feel so much pressure, that we will be strong in 2024,” she said.
Viewers flocked to the comments to weigh in on the debate, with many Americans sharing the same opinions as the TikToker.
One user wrote: ‘I booked a hotel room ONLINE and he asks me for a tip. Who do I tip? A Web page?? It’s crazy.’
A second added: ‘My dermatologist has a cutting edge test. “I am beyond baffled as to who that is for.”
Another agreed: ‘I’ll only tip for deliveries, beauty services and meals. I won’t do it!’
Someone who works in the service industry chimed in: ‘I make $10 an hour at a coffee shop. I make between 8 and 10 extra per hour from tips.
“We definitely strive to earn that, but I would prefer a base salary of 20+ hours without tips, although that’s wishful thinking.”
However, someone else questioned: ‘The way they asked me to tip the merch tables at the concerts. Don’t I tip you 10-20% for reaching behind you to grab an overpriced t-shirt?
Another added: ‘To be honest, I also think tipping in the hair industry, especially for people who work independently, is out of control. “They determine their prices.”
This comes after a report last year revealed that two-thirds of Americans have a negative view on tipping and are becoming more “stingy” with tips on a variety of everyday services.
A Bankrate survey of 2,500 people found that shoppers tip less overall for eating out, hailing cabs, delivering food, getting haircuts and getting their daily coffee.
About 30 percent of people said they thought the tipping culture had gotten out of control as requests for tips spread from bars and restaurants to shops, takeaway chains and even self-service machines.
Last week, another American caused a stir on TikTok by sharing a list of “people you won’t tip in 2024,” which included providers of cosmetic procedures and beauty services, as well as food pickup services.
The video sparked further debate as she announced that she also thinks “the tipping culture is out of control.”