Why Tipping Should Not Exist

Who’s genius idea was this?

I don’t know who came up with this tipping idea, but I don’t like it.

At our NYC household, we get groceries delivered, along with everything else, and because we pay a delivery fee, we don’t typically tip. And we got the nastiest dirty eye from the delivery man the other day. And this is not the first time that someone has made an ugly face at me or complained to me about the tip I gave them.

I know what you’re gonna say, that I’m supposed to tip him. But I rather just be charged a bit extra for everything, so that I don’t have to worry about how much to tip and whether the tip recipient is happy. Sometimes I’m not clear on the amount I should tip for more obscure services and other times it seems I’m only tipping to please the person who did the service.

What I’m really trying to say is that tipping gives you the ILLUSION of control. You think you can tip to match the quality of service you received, but I beg to differ. How often have you tipped even if the service was bad because…

  1. You feel guilty not tipping
  2. You are a regular there
  3. You don’t want to get the dirty look
  4. You don’t want them to think you’re cheap

I’d argue pretty often. Now, why don’t we just all pay these hard service workers a little bit extra, so that we can remove the headache from BOTH sides. The service worker can smile a bit more, and I can save myself from the worries.

I can’t wait for the day that I stop worrying about how much and whether I should tip someone. It’s about time we retire this inherently flawed practice even though it’s tradition.

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