Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Cudgel

Originally uploaded by thoth92.
Stand back, I am about to blast on a subject that has been pissing me off for a while now. If you don't want spittle in your hair, now would be a good time to move to the back of the room.

I have always had a love/hate relationship with tipping, but moving to the Bow Valley has blown that mild 'meh' attitude away, and replaced it will a frothing anger that I can barely check whenever I see a cup, hand out, or even worse - a debit screen with the option to add a tip.

You can't go anywhere here without someone's hand out or in your pocket expecting a tip. It has just gotten f%cking ridiculous. This has become such a point of contention for me that I actually felt I needed to sit down and make a decision on how I was going to deal with it. That's right, forget global warming, or who to vote for, I need to deal with the cudgel that has become tipping. And you know what? I decided, I don't tip, expect at restaurants. That is it, my line in the sand. I am just stunned that I actually had to take time out of my schedule and expend energy to draw a line in the sand regarding something that should be a non-topic in the vast complication that is my life.

But that is a credit to just how pernicious tipping has become. That a normal person with everyday problems actually has to decide to take a stand on who and what they are going to tip for. Sorry, hair dresser, who makes more then me an hour, you are not getting a tip. Forget it nail lady who is charging me $25 more for a fill here then I paid in Lethbridge. That difference just ate your tip. Leave me alone gas pump guy, I can pump my own gas if your services require me to give you a tip.

For crying out loud, we don't live in a third world country here. Somehow I know you who expect tips have food, and most likely an iPod, and if your living in the Valley, probably a kick ass snowboard as well. So no, I am not going to tip you for a service you are already paid to provide. Jesus, if we apply to this logic to everything in the service industry, I would have to start asking my students to tip me too. Do I stand up at the front of my classroom and provide my students with knowledge and then stick out my hand? Sorry kids, learning how to do that fraction requires a 15% tip. Absolutely, not. But maybe I should, since it seems to have become the low classy way of the service industry.

For more reading, check out The Tipping Plague by Andrew Coyne


Squirrelly Girly said...

Good for you! Getting asked for a tip always makes me uncomfortable. Like I should, but maybe I don't want to. And then I'm being forced to do something I didn't want to do and I feel yucky about it.

Heidi Schempp Fournier said...

And you know I think that is ultimately why this whole subject pisses me off. I am being forced to do something I don't want to do. So I am opting out of the guilt, by just adjusting in my own mind what I do and do not feel is acceptable. I will not let someone else dictate to me.

Anonymous said...

I agree whole heartedly. Let's all get red T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "I HAVE OPTED OUT OF TIPPING." I'm sure you can all think of other creative slogans for this plight, too.