Today, I spent part of the day watching YouTube videos shot by Brits, Aussies, Germans, Estonians, Irish and the like explaining their travel and short-time living experiences in America. In almost every video, the host would say how he or she didn't understand the cultural habit of tipping in America.
When I was a kid, the tip rate was 10% of a restaurant bill total. Then in the 1980s, the hospitality industry went on a public opinion manipulation campaign. First, the tip rate went to 12% and then to 15% and then some pushed for 17%.
The wily ones claimed it was because of inflation. But that fails to stand to logic because if prices are rising, the sum of the tip will rise on the same percentage.
Today, foolishly, many have be suckered into believing the appropriate rate for tipping is 20%. But when you think about it, if your server (as they liked to be called) waited on you for a total of five minutes and your bill came to say $50 and you tipped $10, which is 20%, you would be paying your server at the rate of $120 a hour!
It seems impossible to believe a waiter ought to be paid at the rate of lawyers, plumbers and car mechanics for supercars.
Maybe a server ought to earn at the rate of $20 an hour. Now if you tipped at the rate of $20 an hour, you would tip 33¢ a minute or $1.65 for five minutes. That reckons to 3.3% of a $50 bill total.
Most would call you a cheapskate. But yet, tipping at that rate seems righteous.
Everybody is good enough for some change...