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Man sparks major debate after complaining about how much to tip in the US compared to Europe

Man sparks major debate after complaining about how much to tip in the US compared to Europe

A rant on tipping rules has gone viral on TikTok.

Tipping is like marmite, you either like it or you don't - there is no in-between.

Taking to TikTok, one man has sparked a debate by comparing the state of tipping in the US to the way we do it in Europe.

Watch below:

Content creator Christian (@cbwritescopy) went viral on the video-sharing platform after his rant on self-service tipping.

He said the way people tip in America has 'gotten out of control'.

Meanwhile, a fancy etiquette guide published by New York magazine The Cut suggests: "At coffee shops, coffee carts, cafés, and bodegas, tip at least 20 percent."

"Even though their pay isn’t as tip dependent as waiters’, the average salary for a barista in New York is just above minimum wage," they argued.


However, Christian is fuming after comparing his tipping experience in the US with a recent restaurant visit in Italy.

In a video posted on 23 September, he explained: "Just finished dinner in Italy, had a great three course meal, paid the bill, the waiter brings out the check and he goes 'sign here please'.

"I got to sign it and there's only a line to sign your name.

"There's no tip line, there's no total line, nothing.

"You just sign your name that's it.

"Meanwhile in America, you pay for a water bottle and they flip the screen around and ask you to tip 20 to 30 percent - for grabbing a water bottle.

"And don't get me wrong, I'm happy to tip for great dinner service, like this guy in Italy deserved a fat tip.

"But to tip for a Starbucks employee to hand me a water bottle, like where do we draw the line? Seriously?"


Viewers were divided in the comments section, as some people were in total agreement.

"If I don't sit, then I don't tip," one person said.

"I actually agree and I work in the food industry." a second wrote.

"UK here. I won’t tip. Some places already add a 20 percent service charge. Not my place to pay the staff wages," a third added.

Although, others say they don't have an issue with tipping, as another viewer wrote: "I serve and make $2.25 in America, I rely on my tips."

Someone else said: "I worked in the service industry in UK and got paid just over £10 an hour, I have a friend in the US. Same job and she gets paid $2 an hour so I get."

"Service is included in the price in Europe! I always tip though! It’s just kindness for polite service," a third person commented.

What do you think?

Featured Image Credit: Tiktok/cbwritescopy/Getty Stock Images

Topics: Money, TikTok, Travel, US News