Tipping is inconvenient, short changes the server, and makes the dining experience worse. Pretty much everyone hates leaving tips, and most countries don’t have this stupid custom. So, why do we tip in America?
When we eat out, we are expected to tip our server. Tipping is actually a relatively new practice in America with roots in Prohibition, when many restaurants were losing money. Restaurants figured out that they could pay servers below the minimum wage and ask tippers to make up the difference. Now, it’s standard practice to expect guests to help pay the basic salary of dining service employees. While the theory behind tipping says that we are paying for better service, a recent study by Cornell University indicates that tips seem almost random instead.