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Expert shares five instances where tipping shouldn't be necessary: 'Everything is crazy expensive'

While tipping has become a forced norm in recent times, this expert is sharing when people shouldn't feel the pressure to tip.

Expert shares five instances where tipping shouldn't be necessary: 'Everything is crazy expensive'
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In recent times, tipping culture in many parts of the world has gone overboard. People are expected to tip everywhere in certain places, which results in a lot of dissatisfaction for customers. Hence, many experts like Thomas Farley are speaking about the tipping culture and calling it "Tipflation," per CNBC. Farley, who is also known as Mister Manners, is famous for his knowledge of etiquettes at different places in various scenarios. He shared his widespread knowledge and told the five instances wherein it is okay to not tip.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Karolina Grabowska
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Karolina Grabowska

He began by talking about the peril of tipping faced by customers. He said, "People are really feeling imposed upon. We are already living through inflationary times. Everything is crazy expensive." People feel pressured to tip while big corporations fail to pay their employees fair compensation. The burden of making up for low wages shouldn't fall on consumers.


Farley proceeds to talk about the five times one doesn't necessarily need to or feel obliged to tip. The first one on that list is "Professionals." He began by saying that there is no real need to tip anyone who either earns a proper salary or runs a business. It means that there is no real need to tip doctors, lawyers, plumbers or other such professionals. He says, "Not only would it not be expected, it would be highly unorthodox and very awkward." It can also seem like a bribe sometimes.


Next up on his list was "Counter Service." He said that while people who are either waiting or delivering depend mostly on tips for their income, the same logic doesn't extend to those behind the counter like baristas or cashiers. That is because more often than not, they are earning a proper wage. While people can sometimes push you to tip, you don't need to. However, exceptions exist in cases wherein say, a barista has your order memorized. Third on the list is "Open Bar events." That is because when an open bar event is hosted by someone, there is a high probability that the host has already taken care of the tips for the people working the bar or otherwise. However, there is a good chance that tipping in this scenario can fetch you better service.

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The fourth on the list is "Double Tipping." This means that even though you tip the worker, you were asked to tip again at the counter. This can sometimes happen at diners or nail salons and is nothing more than the establishment's attempt to extort more money from you. The last scenario on the list is a case of "Poor Service." Tipping is always exclusively based on the service received. This is exactly why, if you're not happy about the service you've received, you don't need to pay for it.


While tipping is a source of income for a lot of minimum wage workers, it isn't the case always. The best way to go about this is to understand when you're being taken advantage of and when tipping is necessary.

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