Woman Claims Tipping Culture Is 'Too Big', Goes Viral On TikTok

Daniel Mitchell-Benoit
A tip jar.
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How often do you tip? Is it every time you see the prompt, only in certain establishments, or even never? There's no denying that tipping has become all the more prevalent as time passes, and you can feel whatever way you want about that, including 'annoyed'.

That's how one woman on TikTok feels anyway, and after she made a video expressing this, it got a lot of attention, with most people agreeing that it's gotten out of hand.

The act of tipping is often a subject of debate.

A tip jar.
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There are those who vehemently oppose the act and others that encourage it, some calling for the abolishment of it and others thinking it's fine. One woman named Lauren Romeo gained a bit of notoriety for sharing her thoughts on the matter after a particular incident.

The TikTok she made about the matter has gone viral.

A still of Lauren from her video, where she's talking to the camera with her hand raised in gesture.
TikTok | @laurenromeo__

As of writing, it's sitting at almost 500k views and just under 70k likes, suggesting that many agree with her.

"Tipping culture is getting way too big right now," she says at the beginning of her video.

She then discloses some exceptions to that statement.

A still of Lauren from her video, where she's talking to the camera with a confused expression and her hand raised in gensture.
TikTok | @laurenromeo__

"Don't get me wrong, I'm all for tipping servers and people in the service industry. I'm literally the person to leave 20-25%, I get it, it's expected [...]."

What's got her talking about this then? She goes into her story where she's on her way to pick up her dog from a boarding facility as she was out of town.

The facility then sent her a text.

A still of Lauren from her video, where she's talking to the camera with a confused expression.
TikTok | @laurenromeo__

The text said her dog is ready to be taken home, and at the end it reads "by the way, we only accept cash tips, so please tip in cash."

Lauren then gives the camera a questioning look. "Why was I even expected to tip in the first place?" she asks.

"I literally paid to board my dog and that's what you guys did."

A still of Lauren from her video, where she's talking to the camera, pushing her eyebrow up with one finger.
TikTok | @laurenromeo__

"You didn't give any extra service."

"Am I crazy?" she asks, clearly confused about the whole ordeal, "Also, the fact that they were like 'hey...please tip...in cash'. I never said I was going to tip or anything. Why is it expected that I'm tipping them? They're literally doing their job."

The comments agreed with her wholeheartedly.

Lauren and her dog, a white labradoodle, in matching white fuzzy vests with on-screen text that reads, "forcing my dog to match me".
TikTok | @laurenromeo__

"Uhmmmm I with you, that’s super weird. Not only to ask for the tip, but to expect one when they set their pay rates..?" read one reply.

"I don’t understand why tips are expected on everything now. Tips are for people in the service industry who actually depend on tips . Not everybody," said another, sharing the same confusion as Lauren did.

Others shared the wild places they've been asked to tip.

People gave examples like the thrift store, those self-serve yogurt shops, even at a self-checkout in a retail store.

The top comment on the video seemed to echo everyone's wishes, reading, "[This] is exactly why they need to abolish tipping altogether. [Just] pay those in the service industry an hourly like every other industry."

h/t: Daily Dot

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