As many in the food world contemplate whether it would be better to eliminate tipping altogether, a new trend is emerging on social media: tipping 100% on bills.
Hundreds of people have recently taken up the #tipthebillchallenge in restaurants, posting their receipts to social media, in solidarity with servers – who have also been sharing the evidence.
As you can see, to take the challenge you have to match the total of the bill with gratuity, with people leaving some pretty hefty tips that have been making servers' days.
Last night I was on the receiving end of the newest social media challenge #tipthebill I was casually talking with this guy and his employee about life and work when he asked me if I had heard about this new challenge. At the time I hadn’t, he then handed me his slip back and said: “well it’s happening to you right now”. I was so shocked that I almost cried and proceeded to thank him for a solid 5 to 10 minutes. That kindness about made my heart burst. Thank you random human, not only for the generous tip but also for the reminder that there are kind souls still in this world. ❤️ #tipthebill #tipthebillchallenge #serviceindustry #grateful #bartenderlife
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#tipthebillchallenge We bought a little extra so you can’t see the lunch tab but it was the same amount as the tip. I just saw this challenge yesterday as a way of thanking servers for exceptional service. Danny was wonderful and deserving! Best part was the cashier said “oh I just saw this hash tag yesterday and he was the one that showed me!” Made it even better!
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So far, the #tipthebillchallenge is largely a US thing, where there is already a strong tipping culture, so it will be interesting to see whether it spreads to other parts of the world too.