I have noticed a trend lately among pseudo fast food restaurants adding a tip line to their receipts. I do not care for this.
An argument can be made that tipping should be eliminated entirely, and that the cost should be rolled into the meal from the beginning. That would certainly make for a simpler dining experience. Having said that, I’m not trying to recreate the conversation from the beginning of the movie Reservoir Dogs, so I’ll table that discussion for another day. (See what I did there?)
Traditionally, we are accustomed to tipping servers at restaurants. I consider a “restaurant” to be an establishment where you are seated by a host or hostess. A server then takes your order, brings your food, and fills and refills your drinks.
We do not typically tip employees at fast food restaurants where the customer walks up to a counter, places an order, and walks away with food in their hand. Those people are employees, not servers. I do not believe that these employees need a tip from me for doing their job.
Recently, as I mentioned above, I’ve noticed a trend of fast food places attempting to guilt customers into tipping in addition to the cost of the meal. I’m not talking about a tip jar that they might have near the register. I have no problem with that, as it is entirely optional. I’m referring to a tip line being added to the receipt after a debit or credit card transaction.
I’ve been combating this trend. The easy solution is that I pay with cash at those places. When I pay with cash, all they are expecting from me is the price of the food. There is no forced mechanism that allows them to hint for something more.
I considered listing a few examples of fast food places that have added a tip line, but I figure there is no need to single them out. You get the idea. I’m not playing along.