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oyster  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Racist, Twisted History of Tipping

I think the big thing is yes the industry would have to change but people’s expectations would also need to change. I serve tourist but I also work with servers from other countries who are on working holiday visas, they generally have a lot of catching up to do in terms of meeting people expectations of service in America/Canada. I still laugh about the Russian guy who looked at me like I was psychic for bringing his table another pitcher of water before the first one was empty. That’s why I don’t ever see tipping going away, people’s expectations aren’t going to change. It’s like if you go to a grocery store during a busy hour, you know you kind of screwed yourself and most people understand why it’s slow. They might not be happy but they get that they made a choice to do groceries at 3pm on a Saturday The restaurant industry though everything has to be prompt no matter what. I was never in the weeds or behind as a grocery store cashier because that’s not a concept, it’s just busy. The entire computer system could crash and people still expect prompt service in a restaurant. You basically have to have worked in a restaurant to know when the wait is going to be longer for food by just seeing the place, most other people need to be told and they’re shocked every time.

Canada is probably the best place in the world to be a server honestly. Good wage and comparable tips to what you will find in the states.