Opinion

Tips should follow the Australian model

I would like to know when tipping became mandatory.

My husband and I are seniors, and can’t afford to eat out very often, and when we do, I hate having to leave a tip to a server who probably makes more in tips in a week than we get per month for our OAP!

It is not up to the customer to make up the deficiencies in his or her wages or terms of employment surely.

Instead of expecting the customer to pay out from often very limited incomes, take it up with your employers. I expect we will eat out even less now, and there must be many like us who would like a change from cooking occasionally, who will just stay away from the gouging which is what I consider tipping to be.

I don’t want to have to face an accusing stare when I don’t leave a tip that I can ill afford! Let’s go to the Australian model, which makes tipping unnecessary, and leaves no one in an embarrassing situation.

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