This Helpful ‘Trick’ About How To Save Money When Tipping Will Probably Just Make You Look Like An A$$hole

In this day and age, money’s tight, so we’re all looking for ways to pinch a penny.

And when it comes to financial advice on how to do so, cutting back on dining out is almost always one of the first things on the chopping block.

But what if I told you by simply reducing the amount of money you’re tipping the server making $2.13/hour instead, you could keep eating out every night AND save $400 per year?!

That’s the money-saving advice the dillholes at CNBC recently gave, and the internet is emphatically not having it.

This goofy-looking CNBC blowhard’s advice? Only tip 15-20% on the pre-tax amount of your restaurant check, and you’ll save an average of $400 while you’re out spending $12,000 on eating out over the course of a year.

Which is the most Dickensian, Gilded Age nonsense ever uttered.

Here are the simple facts about tipped employees: as mentioned, the US government requires tipped workers to be paid just $2.13/hour.


According to Department of Labor statistics, just SEVEN U.S. states (plus the territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Mariana Islands) pay tipped employees the actual minimum wage before tips.

The rest pay either $2.13/hour, or something in between that and minimum wage. Illinois, for instance, pays tipped employees about $5.00/hour.

Now is this a terrible system? Absolutely. As many have pointed out, it’s exploitative, promotes income inequality and provides yet another mechanism for people to impose their bigotries onto American workers.

And aside from all that, American tipping customs are rooted in feudalism and good ol-fashioned American slavery! Which is such an on-the-nose, quintessentially American brand of terrible that you couldn’t WRITE a better gotcha story if you tried!

So yes, it’s a terrible system that shouldn’t exist.

But it does!  And millions of people rely upon it to pay their bills, so maybe we can all just accept this as a necessary evil so that, you know, people just trying to make a living by putting up with the umpteen substitutions you asked for in your morning omelet can, you know, pay their rent. Just a suggestion!

But if you’re still sitting there like “Okay, but I need to save money and making an already exploitative system even more exploitative seems like the way to go,” the internet has some other helpful hints for you!

Some other folks had much simpler take-aways:

Even one of the Republican party’s most prominent shills was like, “Yeah this ain’t it, chief.”

Servers rely on your tips to live. If you can’t afford to tip, then plain and simple, you can’t afford to eat out.

So basically, at risk of just being one of those hot takes that yells, “WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY!”: WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY, and eating out comes with a social contract wherein your tips pay the restaurant staff’s bills. If you don’t like it, move to Europe or join the “Fight for 15.”

I think someone at CNN might need this Itty Bitty Guide to Tipping. Either that or, you know, COOK YOUR OWN FOOD.

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