Skip the Tip is a campaign to end the common U.S. practice of customers supplementing the wages of restaurant servers and other service workers with gratuities.
In other words: Stop tipping!
Why should tipping end?
There are many reasons why tipping is a big social problem, and we address several of them in our FAQ below. But here are two of the most important reasons:
Tipping is unfair to workers. In most countries around the world, tipping is far less widespread and accepted. In these countries, employers must pay service workers a fair wage and not leave most of their compensation to customers. But in the U.S., employers are legally allowed to pay certain categories of service workers far less than the minimum wage, leaving workers dependent on the whims of customers to ensure that they make enough to live on. What's more, this service minimum wage has risen much more slowly than the standard minimum wage over the last few decades. Service workers now are even more dependent on customers than ever before.
Tipping is confusing and uncomfortable for customers. No one enjoys trying to decide how much money to leave a server or calculating the correct percentage of the bill to leave as a tip. When we purchase other items, we assume that the business is charging enough to account for paying a fair wage to employees. It's not the customer's responsibility to make those calculations or ensure that employees are being paid enough. It shouldn't be their responsibility in the service industry either.
How will we end tipping?
Well, to begin with, we can just stop leaving tips. But we can also educate servers and restaurant management about why tipping is a problem by leaving a message instead of money. Our “Tip Slips” are perfect for this purpose. We have two versions: one that can be left with a tip, and one that is left in place of a tip.
Will leaving Tip Slips instead of a tip get people upset? Yes. Will it send a message? Yes. Will it force change? We hope so.
Who can end tipping?
You, that's who. This kind of social change must come from the bottom up. You are the person who can take the first step with one simple action. If enough of us take action, the system will have to change.
If you are a server, this is your opportunity to send a clear message to management that you should be paid a living wage, instead of relying on factors beyond your control. You should be paid fairly.
If you are a business owner, here is your opportunity to show your employees and customers that you are on their side.
When should we do this?
Now. Start today.
Where should we take action?
Everywhere that tips are customarily given.
Not ready to drop a Tip Slip in a five star restaurant? Then drop one in your local coffee shop tip jar to spread the word.
The FAQ below addresses questions from customers, servers, and business owners.
Thanks for your interest and participation!
The following three sections address commonly asked questions by customers, servers and businesses.
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- Brad S.
Mention us on social media sites. Distribute Tip Slips. Give us feedback. Get involved! .Pre-printed Tip Slips and business window decals will soon be available. Stay tuned.