Applebee's Server Sparks Debate After Sharing Pic Of Customer's Low Tip

Let me ask you a question: Are you a generous tipper when you go out to a restaurant? For me, it depends on the situation and, of course, the quality of service.

I recently stumbled upon a TikTok video that shows a so-called "low tip" a server received, and it has sparked a heated online debate. Let's check this out.

What is the standard tipping amount?

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I guess it depends who you ask. Some people say 10-15% while others insist on 20%. I'm going to be honest when I say that I usually tip about 15%, and if the service is exceptional, then 20-25%.

A recent TikTok video has started quite the controversy in regards to tipping.

In the video, a server shared a tip they received which only amounted to about 9% of the total bill amount, and according to them, that wasn't good enough.

However, the customer who left the tip also wrote a note.

It read, "You was [sic] great. Holidays are just rough right now.”

So what do you think of that, huh? Is that alright in your mind, or would you be mad?

Many people on TikTok were quick to start commenting.

And a lot of them said that this server should be grateful that they got a tip in the first place. I mean, technically, tips aren't mandatory, so I can see where they're coming from here.

On the other hand, many servers don't get paid enough.

So they rely on tips to get by. It's kind of an unspoken rule that everybody knows when they go out to eat, no? So shouldn't you consider that before you dine out?

But shaming the family who chose to dine out isn't great either, huh?

Everybody deserves a treat from time to time, especially around Christmas time. It's not like they didn't leave a tip at all. They basically did what they could, that's all.

Other people were quick to point out that it's the restaurant's fault.

After all, the establishment should ensure that they pay their employees a fair wage. Therefore, they wouldn't have to rely on tips to keep them afloat. Isn't that right?

And there's, of course, this train of thought.

There are times when you will get a really nice tip from someone, but you can't depend on that. When you get a "low" tip, it will kind of balance itself out, no? At least you can look at it this way.

So what do you think of this video?

Was it "right" to post it on social media for everybody to comment on? Or should the server just let it go and be grateful for whatever tip they got?

Sometimes you win, and other times not so much. It's just part of life, no?