Did you eat out at least once this weekend, or spend a decent amount of time getting drinks at a bar? Chances are, the person waiting on you worked very hard for hours standing on his feet for a tiny wage. Hopefully you gave them a generous tip. Although as college students we don’t have very much money ourselves, I always think it’s so important to recognize that other people, even those much older than us and not in college, have far worst financial struggles than we do. Sometimes although I’d love to keep the few extra dollars cash in my wallet, I know it’ll have a much more positive impact for the person who painted my nails than it will for me.
If every customer gave a waitress a 20% tip one day, she might be able to buy her child the toy he really wants for his birthday, as supposed to the way less cool version. Or even more importantly, she might be able to feed her child a more nutritious meal than Burger King, which may have been the only option the day before when she received fewer tips. It’s always ethically debatable when you’re in a situation where you technically should give someone money for something they did, but you are not completely obligated. If someone does an awful job or is rude, then he probably does not deserve a tip. But for the most part when people are doing their jobs to the best of their ability, I really think the customers should put themselves in the servers’ shoes and think about what a difficult job they have. Whenever people are able, I think it’s so important to fully acknowledge those in the service industry who really depend on gratuities to make ends meet and make their lives a little easier with a generous tip.