A tech columnist has revealed how a grocery store clerk recently scoffed at her for refusing to tip 30 percent at checkout.
In a recent column, consumer technology writer the new York Times Brian X. Chen missed paying for his items on a ipad Register, when the interface gave them options to tip between 10 and 30 percent.
it comes after DailyMail.com readers reveal the craziest places they’ve had to tip As they said they were fighting back against tradition.
Chen selected ‘no tip’ and the cashier said, then ‘smashed me a glare,’ making for an ‘unpleasant’. He said he was ‘taken aback’ when asked for a tip in a grocery store checkout line.
The author, who has also written the book The Tech Fix, also opened up about being ‘pressured’ to tip his motorcycle mechanic at the checkout screen. Chen said that while he felt the tip was also unfair, he reluctantly paid it because ‘my safety depended on his services’.
Tech columnist Brian X. Chen recalled how a grocery store clerk recently gave her a dirty look at checkout for refusing to take a 30 percent tip.
In the column, Chen explores the practice of tipping at tablet registers and suggests that it may soon become a part of Federal Trade Commission investigation In unfair business practices causing suffering to the customers.
Their woes come as thousands of Americans complain about the digital tipping machines that have popped up in eateries across the country. They encourage customers to tip, even if an employee has performed a very simple task, such as ringing up food that has been lifted from the refrigerator.
Chen wrote about how widely used payment platforms throughout the market deliberately manipulate people into handing out tips.
“Payment technologies allow merchants to display a set of default tipping amounts,” he wrote, “for example, with ‘no tip’ or ‘custom tip’ buttons for 15 percent, 20 percent and 30 percent.” ‘
‘This setup makes it easier for us to choose a generous tip rather than a small or no tip.’
Ted Selker, a product designer who has worked for companies like Xerox and IBM, told Chen that the design of the payment app was very intentional. ‘It’s coercion,’ he said.
Chen cited another example recounted by Tony Hu, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
‘Mister. MIT’s Hu said he was recently presented with tipping options of $1, $3 and $5 after a $10 Uber ride,’ Chen wrote. ‘He chose the middle button, $3, before realizing he would normally tip the driver 20 percent, or $2.’
‘It’s a psychological mind game,’ Hu told Chen.
Despite a long tradition of tipping across America, the recent rise of service iPads has sparked outrage from those who feel the custom has gotten out of hand.
Some Americans are starting to put their foot down on the practice.
Despite the nation having a long history, rampant inflation and the expectation to tip as little as a cup of coffee has left people questioning whether it’s time to change the unspecified tipping code.
Last month, DailyMail.com hit the streets to find out what people really think about exercise, and readers say they’ve had enough of avoiding places altogether that offer tips to their subscribers. bother for.
Readers said one of the most offensive aspects of modern tipping is the expectation that customers must now pay extra ‘no matter what the service.’
One commenter wrote ‘I’m not sure why I should tip a bartender who reaches for a bottle of beer and 5 seconds is involved.’
‘I don’t mind tipping the server who waits for me for an hour. I don’t mind tipping someone for a drink. Will grocery store checkout lines start asking for tips?’ inquired the other.
While tipping has long been a custom in the US, a noticeable price increase in recent years led one commentator to label the practice as ‘ridiculous’.
‘They’re always asking for tips on everything,’ he continued.
Many readers agree that checkout apps asking for tips are inappropriate, with one person noting that “you go to the counter to pay, and the tip button is right where the staff is staring at you.” Strange.’
Another disgruntled reader said, ‘I’ve really cut down on going places where they have tip screens.’
New York student Sabrina, Kendra, said she is forced to stop tipping everyone because inflation has caused prices to skyrocket across the city
Eden Gabe, right, and his brother Jasper, left, said tipping the iPad made customers feel like they had ‘no choice’
Sharon Sheats, left, said tipping etiquette has changed in recent times as inflation has made everyday items ‘more expensive than ever’.
New Yorker Adam, left, said he doesn’t mind the pressures of modern tipping culture because it’s a ‘show of our appreciation’ for low-wage workers
66 countries have a 10 percent tip rule, while Americans are routinely expected to leave a 20 percent tip.
How Much You Should Be Tipping According to The Cut Magazine
restaurant – 25%
Coffee Shops, Coffee Carts, Cafes, Bodegas – 20%
food delivery – 20%
picking up takeout – 10%
Once, I – $1 per drink, 20% off cocktails
at the food counter or deli – 10%
uber driver – 20%
everything else – 20%
Debate over tipping etiquette flares up after this month New ‘guidelines’ were published by New York magazine The Cut,
Intended to be a new code-of-honor, tips advised people to regularly tip 20 percent regardless, to avoid being considered ‘rude’.
And while one proposal was to add an extra 10 per cent for taking out your own takeaway, readers slammed the absurd new ‘rule’.
One reader said, ‘The magazine article is the biggest culprit here, trying to brainwash young people who are paying (even they have Not even cash).’
‘I tip according to service.’
Another concurred, saying: ‘No tip is given on a carry out order, it never has been, it is highly unfair for these establishments to request such a thing.’
‘I never tip if I’m going in and picking up food. Sorry not sorry.
‘I tip 20% for waiters, hairdressers, pizza delivery. But food should never be touched across the counter for them.
Tip in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands is around 5 to 10 percent, according to maps released by hawaiiisland.com,
But in The Cut’s opinion, those who oppose tipping for everyday items are ‘stingy’, while those with disposable income should tip more than 25 per cent at restaurants and bars.
The magazine says that for coffee shops, coffee carts, cafes and bodegas, customers should tip at least 20 percent because of the “stressful atmosphere” and “complicated orders.”
But while it argued that Uber drivers should also get 20 percent because they earn less in tip than regular taxi drivers, some balked at the expensive demands.
Kirsten Fleming agreed with many of our readers, as she wrote in new york post: ‘They are wildly out of touch with real New Yorkers who are struggling to pay rising rents and inflated food bills.
‘The list should have been shortened to a few useful ideas.’