She yells at him saying that he doesn't tip well and that the service workers require proper pay and tips since they have families and children.
Treating service workers right and tipping them well is considered good conduct in a restaurant. However, there are many who ignore this practice and treat people who serve them badly. For this mother, this type of behavior is unacceptable. Her TikTok video where she teaches her son to tip well is going viral on the video-sharing platform. Her son had under-tipped the waiting staff on his first date, and the businesswoman wanted to set it right. The video has been viewed 2.2 million times and shows Danielle Foster's child standing there grinning like a goof as his mother urges him to fetch her wallet and return to the shop with $20 since he tipped just $10 on a bill of $104 - a tip of less than 10%.
The text on the video reads, "When my son goes on his first date…and he goes mom the service is good, it was a $104 check and he said he tipped him a lot of money. $10.00. Yes he’s on the way back to the restaurant." In the United States, it is customary to tip restaurant servers between 10% and 20%, with 10% regarded as the lowest acceptable amount, allocated for staff who did a really poor job. Tipping less than that to a server whom you believe did an excellent job is considered blasphemous by some, especially those who have worked in these types of professions before and understand how discouraging a low tip can be.
Foster says in the video, "You need to go get my wallet, you need to go get my VISA card, you need to go to the ATM, and you need to go grab a $20 and drive your a** back to that restaurant because, on a $104 check, $10 is a s**tty tip!" She yells at him saying, "Do you understand me?" Her son first just smiles, but this mother is not joking. She continues, "I’m not asking, I’m telling. It’s not funny. Do you know that guy might have kids? Do you know that $104, he gets taxed on it?" She repeats the demand, making sure he answers "yes, ma'am," and then tells him to do it via video call so she can witness him give the money in person to the worker. She adds, "I’ll be muted, but you don’t know how to tip!"
Some may argue that this is unfair to a young individual who may not have known his tip was too little, and these people have likely never worked as a tipped employee in food service before. However, many people in the comments believe that she is teaching a vital lesson to her son. TikTok user @renebaby74 said, "Omg 33 years in the food service industry. Thank you for this." User @dspeers529 said, "Good job Mama! I have talked to my kids in detail about how they better tip good when they start going out."
Another TikTok user @kt_g_f said, "1st date with my now husband. I was [a] server at the time. And he tipped 5 on 75. I saw when he went to the bathroom I left an additional 10 in cash." A mother @mamabear_112 commented, "Before prom dinner…I had this conversation with my son. And explained expectations for the group bill so he could plan with his friends before hand."