What’s the difference between a Canadian and a canoe? Answer. A canoe tips. Hardee harhar!
Fact is when I was a broadcaster and still to this day I was and am against tipping. Somewhat illogically that does not mean that I never tip. There are exceptions e.g. my paper boy.
My case against tipping is clear and simple. By tipping we are subsidizing various business people who apparently can’t make it on their own. If their business is not viable without enforced tips, then they shouldn’t be in it in the first place. By tipping we are just enablers – enabling business people to avoid paying a just wage.
Besides, the whole tipping industry is so incoherent and inconsistent. I expect you tip your waitress – handsomely – in an upscale restaurant like La Chronique. Do you also tip the waitress on an aircraft who serves your meal? Why not? I expect you tip your barber or hairdresser. Do you tip your gas station attendant? Why not? Do you tip your minister, rabbi or priest after the weekly service? What about the young woman who takes your cash and wraps your groceries in a supermarket? I thought not.
What really bugs me is the enforced tip where the establishment automatically adds 15 or 18 per cent to your bill, no matter how bad the food or the service is.
I refuse to subsidize a restaurant where the owner tools around town in a Mercedes and goes south for part of the winter. Why in hell should I help pay for his car and his vacation? Let him pay a just wage and there will be no need of tips.
Do you always tip?
If so, how do you compute the size of your tip?
It’s my experience that even when the food is lousy and the service sloppy, most diners are too embarrassed not to leave a tip?
Are there times when you don’t give a tip?