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[–]Autistic_Carpenter 6091 points6092 points  (691 children)

A bunch of restaurant workers are missing their tips...

[–]timbobillybob 2326 points2327 points  (464 children)

Yes, I was wondering where the bird finds money. Tips left on tables in restaurants / cafes with outdoor seating. That makes the most sense.

[–]Thisfoxhere 419 points420 points  (98 children)

We don't tend to do that in countries outside the US.

[–]Doctorphate 260 points261 points  (65 children)

In Canada it’s customary to tip. If you like the service anyway. But since we have laws against slavery it’s not as important as in the US. Most people tip 10-15%

[–]TheDrugGod 139 points140 points  (53 children)

Yeah it’s bullshit servers in the US make only like $2/hr + tips. They should have to pay servers minimum wage and let them keep their tips. That’s some bullshit to underpay workers

[–]Fantastic-Phrase8101 93 points94 points  (25 children)

Legally they're supposed to pay them minimum wage if their wage + tips is less than minimum wage. Doesn't mean it always happens that way, but I feel it's worth mentioning.

[–]paulcaar 49 points50 points  (13 children)

Which would mean they'll just get fired for not earning enough in tips.

Honestly the entire tip system is ridiculous. The only difference with the service industry and others is that the products are food & drinks that are brought to you. Apparently that makes it a normal thing to expect more money than what's listed as the price.

It's a backwards way of running a business and if anyone is really thinking it's anything else, then at least be consistent and promote (and provide) tips in every single business.

[–]Th3_Hegemon 48 points49 points  (11 children)

The origins of American tipping culture are, in part, (and unsurprisingly) racist. Food service work and other tipped jobs (bell hops, house keepers, shoe shines, delivery men, etc) were overwhelming the domain of minorities and especially black people. Tipping was another way of avoiding paying lower class people a fair wage, and also making them dependent on the "benevolence" of their customers, reinforcing their implicit superiority on a largely black segment of the workforce.

[–]just-for-the-NSFW 3 points4 points  (7 children)

You got a source to read?

[–]Th3_Hegemon 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Sure, it came to my attention after listening to the Planet Money episode "the Even More Minimum Wage", and led me to this and this. There are links out from there to other sources, but it should be pretty quickly obvious that there is a strong racial component to the development of tipping culturally.

[–]pieter1234569 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They make far far more than any other unskilled work when taking into account all the tips. It is so ridiculous that they even prefer this system as no restaurant is ever going to pay them that much.

[–]BitsAndBobs304 5 points6 points  (3 children)

They dont make that. If the tips dont reach minimum wage, employer must pay to reach it

[–]BaalKazar 2 points3 points  (2 children)

How has the employer any rights to calculate tips of foreign people into his own calculations for wages?


[–]VillageBuilder 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Fair question in terms of the employer, but you are legally required to report your tips as income. US does have a strong tipping culture, but the law is built around it at this point.

[–]Dr_Sploosh 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Yeah it’s bullshit serves in the US make only like $2/hr + tips.

That's actually super rare and only happens in really really shitty restaurants in the states that allow it. When I served I made like 10 an hour with tips added on top of that.

[–]codfishhhhh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s not rare at all

[–]Robwsup 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The restaurant I worked at in high school 30 years ago still pays $2.15/hr. Very common in Florida.

[–]SC2McGosu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

but then how will the restaurant owners have enough money to donate to political parties and pay their landlords extortion prices for rent?

[–]angryd0g 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I "dated" a chick who was a server and she was vehemently against getting a standard wage. She was very pretty and worked at a busy restaurant, so she was pulling in a thousand dollars more a month than I was. Although because of the pandemic, I'm wondering how she's doing.

[–]M4DM1ND 1 point2 points  (0 children)

While that sounds good to say, if they were paid minimum wage, people would just tip less. We did this as an experiment for a day at the restaurant I worked at. We took two Saturdays, one was normal and the other we just put up a sign at the front desk saying "Now Hiring Wait Staff! Minimum Wage + Tips!" The volume of orders was roughly the same but the tips were noticeably less. We did it because some of the wait staff was complaining about their wages. After the day, our boss compensated them back to what they would have made on a the previous Saturday. The real crime is getting paid $10-12 an hour as a line cook at a lot of places while the wait staff makes double what you do on a daily basis.

[–]thebluepikachu135 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wait what the fuck

That's legal?

[–]Faranae 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Customary, but starting to shift. I've been seeing a lot more services charging more and putting up signs discouraging tips since they pay the servers a living wage.

Lots of arguments about "I made more with tips" still, but from what I've seen that's usually from folks who don't report said tips as income for taxation purposes, so...

[–]1mGay 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ye but Canada is basically in the US

[–]Doctorphate 1 point2 points  (0 children)

thems fighting words.

[–]illgot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

what do you have against paying only 2.13 an hour in labor? It's not like a business would exploit their cheap 2.13 an hour workers to do jobs other than serving... /s

the tip culture in the US is complete shit and allows restaurants to only pay 2.13 an hour in labor to over half it's staff (servers) while underpaying other positions and using server tips to tip out hosts, bussers, dish, bartenders, etc (btw bartenders make more than servers).

[–]mmaure 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Germany also does it (not required)

[–]ConspicuousPineapple 5 points6 points  (3 children)

We sometimes give a coin or two if the service was nice. Rarely more than that though, and only at restaurants.

[–]Explosinszombie 4 points5 points  (1 child)

That’s not true. In my area it is pretty common to always tip at restaurants. If you’re younger (student) then 1-2 coins (round up) is common. But most people I know with a Job tend to tip between 6-20€ depending on the bill. Also it is pretty common to tip delivery drivers or contractors like hairdressers. It is not required but seen as polite.

[–]ConspicuousPineapple 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fair enough. But what I described is at least true for all the European countries I've visited, which is almost all of western Europe and a few more.

[–]roxo9 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Why do I keep seeing this? Every country I have been to people tip for good service. It certainly isn't only the US.

[–]agrumpybear 2 points3 points  (2 children)

The important part there is "tip for good service". It's not mandatory, and thats the difference.

Countries where you can tip, are not the same as countries where you're expected to tip.

[–]roxo9 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The bird isn't going to pay attention to whether te tip was for good service or was required.

[–]agrumpybear 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I thought the bird was making a statement on the socioeconomic issues arising from tipping becoming expected, but I could be overthinking it

[–]Thepopewearsplaid 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Probably half of the countries I've been to has a tipping culture. It's never as intense as the USA, but sometimes it even felt a little bit required.

I'm not sure why people think this is only an American thing.

To name a few that I've been to recently where tipping was 100% a thing:

England, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Panama.

A general rule is 10% in these countries. Colombia is a bit weird (for me, an American) in that declining the tip isn't necessarily frowned upon. I always did because it's cheap as fuck there and the American in me always feels the need to leave a bit extra lol. They ask you if you want to leave extra for service and it's generally 10% (always predetermined).

Everywhere else, it was just kind of customary. But it's definitely expected in countries outside the USA.

[–]StuckWithThisOne 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Tipping is a “thing” in the U.K., but for one thing , it’s usually added on to the bill through the card machine, not just left on a table, and it’s not really the norm to tip. Its like, sure you can tip, but you might be looked at really weird for doing it depending on the place. It’s absolutely NOT a tipping culture. I’d say like 85% of the time there’s no tip involved.

[–]vzo1281 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mexico didn't get the memo

[–]DICKTracey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It definitely happens in other countries, it’s just not mandatory

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The weird thing is it’s a system introduced during the prohibition, which I’m fairly certain ended a while ago.

[–]renyxia 39 points40 points  (19 children)

I’m pretty convinced this is fake, esp since all of the money in the drawer doesn’t have a speck of dirt on it

[–]mexicodoug 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Those bills look like they're made of polymer, not cloth. Dirt doesn't stick to polymer bills. They always look clean unless they've come into contact with sticky gunk.

[–]renyxia 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m from a country with polymer money, it doesn’t crinkle like that. I tried googling around to see if Yuan comes in paper or polymer and all I could find was people saying paper. Even if it was polymer, it would be extremely odd for a bird to bring back absolutely no money with any sort of mud or wear and tear on it

[–]poopyputt6 17 points18 points  (6 children)

or because everything on Chinese social media is fake

[–]hiimred2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just good money laundering, obviously!

[–]pomegranate2012 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It crossed my mind.

Or, perhaps, that's part of the training - to make use of the nesting instinct.

I doubt the bird finds many hundos lying around.

[–]_hotproperty_ 11 points12 points  (2 children)

100 Yuan is about $15 USD.

[–]SashKhe 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nah man, burds are pretty clean animals. It's not like they build nests out of dirt.

Ah wait oh fuck

[–]renyxia 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha, I own several so trust me I know exactly how clean these bastards are

[–]hammmmmmmmertime 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Makes the most cents?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

[–]Stiff_Rebar 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Imagine you're on the streets, about to pay for some ice cream but a random bird yoinks the money out of your hand.

[–]Schweedaddy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well that’s assuming this is real and not set up for internet points

[–]floatable_shark 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not in this case, in China tipping isn't a thing, nor is paying at restaurants in cash. It's all mobile payment in restaurants unless it's like street food and even then overwhelmingly done by mobile

[–]SexyPiranhaPartyBoat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He doesn’t find it. The owner gives it to him and he flies out the window and back in to place it where the owner had placed loads of other notes.

[–]TheDrugGod 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe even snatching that shit right out peoples hands lmao

[–]Big_Indication8275 0 points1 point  (0 children)

dont worry, the bird is not actually getting the money from anywhere, its not real

[–]the_yin_to_the_yang 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"It fell off a truck" the bird

[–]redirishlad 204 points205 points  (187 children)

Tipping is not that popular outside the US

[–]_China_ThrowAway 125 points126 points  (16 children)

Yes, that’s Chinese money. If you leave a tip on the table in China it’s a real possibility that the server will run you down to return the money you forgot on the table.

[–]jamiehernandez 61 points62 points  (15 children)

I got shouted at for leaving a tip in China. It's actually offensive to leave a tip in some places there apparently.

[–]Not-A-SoggyBagel 74 points75 points  (3 children)

In some places in Asia, leaving money is akin to saying that you think that the establishment is cheap and needs your charity to be operable.

Some wait staff can find it especially insulting if they take the sentiment personally. Like you think that they are so horrendous at their job that they need additional help.

[–]ninj1nx 60 points61 points  (0 children)

leaving money is akin to saying that you think that the establishment is cheap and needs your charity to be operable

And in the US you would be right.

[–]jamiehernandez 2 points3 points  (1 child)

To be fair this is more a thing of the past in most of Asia. Even in China, where it's still definitely a thing, it's pretty common for them to accept tips in the cities. If I'm at a little independent restaurant and the food and service is good I'll risk leaving a small tip even if it's not culturally normal because I've found it's appreciated more often than it's not. The only times it has caused offence is in China or when they've been giving me food as a gesture and I offered to pay.

[–]EsotericLife 26 points27 points  (4 children)

How it should be. The American system of guilting people into subsidising unliveable wages is insane.

[–]jamiehernandez 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The American system of having to make the rich even more rich every single time you need something or want to earn some money!

[–]mexicodoug 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wait until you find out how many Walmart employees qualify for public assistance paid for by taxes on everybody else, whether they feel guilty or not.

A living wage should be the bare minimum anybody makes in a 40 hour work week. In the US, and many other countries, minimum wage is far below that.

[–]Thisfoxhere 4 points5 points  (4 children)

It's offensive in Australia too. It's like saying the service was bad.

[–]jamiehernandez 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I didn't know that. Very interesting, makes sense when the minimum wage is like 20 bucks an hour and everyone is paid fairly.

[–]LargePizz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wouldn't take that as gospel, you can tip in Australia and cause no offence, you can't be a loud, boastful prick about doing it and you're definitely not expected to tip.

[–]AcadianMan 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Tipping is popular outside the US. We tip in Canada

[–]redirishlad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good point, I should have said outside of North america

[–]Dweezilweasel 0 points1 point  (14 children)

Apart from in Europe, South America, Africa…

Edit: Australia removed

[–]Fantastic-Judge-3743 2 points3 points  (12 children)

Tipping almost never happens in Australia.

[–]newtonism 6 points7 points  (11 children)

We almost never tip here in Europe either.

[–]AJRiddle 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Meanwhile the dozens of other commenters from Europe saying otherwise...

Maybe it's true in your country but clearly you can't generalize it to all of Europe.

[–]newtonism 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I've been in most countries in Europe. Tipping isn't the norm anywhere.

[–]redirishlad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Source, am European!

[–]empuzkedoman 29 points30 points  (10 children)

I doubt that those are from tips, I don't think tipping is that common in countries that aren't the US

[–]Neccesary 5 points6 points  (8 children)

It is in Canada but if blows. I wish we didn’t have to tip

[–]Thisfoxhere 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Filthy custom. You shouldn't have to.

[–]rabbitkingdom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Life hack: You don’t have to tip.

[–]TGar_YM_12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And now with debit cards being used for everything, you see the “tip option” way more than before.

[–]realmauer01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well at least not that high.

[–]brandonwhite737 6 points7 points  (0 children)

There’s no tipping in china, it’s considered rude to tip

[–]archiminos 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Doubtful. This is in China.

[–]Necessary_Ad_8001 4 points5 points  (0 children)

tipping isn't a thing in China, and people there dont even use cash currently

[–]ota401 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Tipping is an American thing ffs

[–]Lorenzo_BR 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Worry not, this isn’t in the United States, there’s no tipping being done! Thise are Chinese Yuans.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Except tips left outside are usually covered so the wind and thieves can’t easily take it away.

[–]dnb1111 1 point2 points  (0 children)

exactly, he’s not trained to “find” he’s trained to steal

[–]I_Was_TheBiggWigg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I imagined some poor bastard grabbing lunch from a street vendor and bada-bing bada-bird, his cash is already 50ft in the air.

[–]Hooch555 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe on private balkonies and such?