Tipping has always been a topic of discussion, especially in the United States. With the rise of social media, the debate has only intensified. One TikTok user, Lillie, recently sparked controversy when she suggested that if people can’t afford to tip 20%, they shouldn’t be eating out at restaurants.
In the now-removed video, Lillie explained that as a server, her income primarily comes from tips due to the low hourly wage she receives. She argued that menu prices are intentionally kept lower, with the expectation that customers will make up for it with tips. Lillie boldly stated, “If you can’t afford to tip, then you don’t deserve to dine out.”
Comparing it to hiring a nanny, Lillie pointed out that if you can’t afford to pay a nanny a full salary, you shouldn’t have a nanny in the first place. Her message ignited a heated discussion in the comments section.
Opinions on Lillie’s stance were divided. Some criticized what they saw as entitlement in her message, suggesting that if the pay is insufficient, individuals should seek alternative employment.
On the other hand, many supported Lillie’s perspective, sharing their own experiences with low wages and emphasizing the importance of tipping for a better dining experience.
So, what are your thoughts on this controversial topic? Should people who can’t afford to tip 20% reconsider dining out? Share your opinions in the comments!