US tipping culture slammed as 'poisonous' after waitress hits out at 'Europeans'

A New York waitress wrote a now-deleted Twitter thread criticising tourists for not tipping enough
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.01 28 Mar 2023

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US tipping culture slammed as 'poisonous' after waitress hits out at 'Europeans'

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.01 28 Mar 2023

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Tipping culture in the United States has been slammed as 'poisonous', after a waitress there criticised Europeans for not tipping enough.

The waitress, who works in New York, wrote a now-deleted Twitter thread earlier this month.

"Lmao, I f***ing hate Europeans sometimes," she said.


"This table just left $70 on a $700 check after chilling for HOURS. My manager even asked about their service and they were OVER THE MOON about their service, so he explained the customary tip is 20% and they were like 'ok' and left".

Declan, who has travelled several times to the US, told Lunchtime Live the Irish are good when it comes to tips.

"I think we're pretty good [tippers] in general", he said.

"For me what I like in Ireland is there is not the air of expectation of a tip.

"If you travel, for example, in the United States there is a lot of pressure.

"I've had several experiences in the United States that kind of really galled me about that whole tipping culture.

"I find it poisonous, in the United States in particular, but in Ireland I think we do it a lot better".

"I don't have an issue with tipping anywhere - it's the expectation," he explained.

ips and payment for a bill on a restaurant table Tips and payment for a bill on a restaurant table. Picture by: Lifestyle pictures / Alamy Stock Photo

Lucy said she tries her best to tip all the time.

"The only place I don't regularly tip in is a bar, I don't know why I just don't" she said.

"Hairdressers, restaurants, taxi drivers, I will always try and tip.

"Sometimes I just don't have it, but mostly I do.

"I know what it's like to live on a waitresses wages - it's very, very small - in America it's even smaller.

"A lot of waitresses work more than one job, they work very hard.

"Yes I know there is an expectation of tipping, but it's because they need it to live - literally.

"That's all they're going to get, because the restaurants do not pay them enough.

"There is no law that makes them pay you enough".

'America has it all wrong'

Corrine, who is American but lives in Cavan, said the US could learn from Ireland.

"My thing about America [is] they've got it all wrong," she said.

"Over half of the States pay less than $3 an hour to their server - I kid you not.

"So their tips, if they don't get them, they won't pay their rent.

"When taxes come into play, you will be paying your tips based on your receipts.

"So if she doesn't get paid a tip, she's got to pay tax on that - so it's miserable over there".

'The Irish are good at that'

Corrine said servers in Ireland are paid a living wage.

"I think the Irish are OK; now I'm coming from a different place," she said.

"When we go out with friends and stuff I'll leave the tip, because I know that they'll leave - sometimes - €5 when the bill was €100.

"So I just take over that role.

"I don't tip 20% in Ireland like I would in the States; I would tip, if I had a €100 bill, I'd leave them a tenner.

"I think the Irish are good at that - but they pay their staff, they're getting €12 an hour.

"They are getting a living wage," she added.

Main image: A bill with cash and a tip in a restaurant in Florida, USA in September 2012. Picture by: Radharc Images / Alamy Stock Photo

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