Serve says people who can’t afford to tip 20% “don’t deserve” to eat out at restaurants

A TikTok user has received some pretty intense backlash online after sparking a discussion about restaurant customers who dine lavishly at restaurants but don’t leave tips for the serving staff.

The video, which has garnered over 10,000 views, highlights the importance of tipping.

Tipping – which is an optional custom – has become a heated topic in recent years, with many people expressing their frustration over the fact that a standard tip is usually set at 15-20%, and that anything under 20% is often viewed as inadequate.

In a recent video (which has since been removed), a restaurant worker going by the name Lillie, known as @mylasoasis_ on TikTok, made a bold statement. She suggested that if you cannot afford to tip your server, then you probably shouldn’t be eating out at a restaurant.

Lillie addresses the camera at the beginning of her video, stating: “Eating out is a privilege, not a right. If you cannot afford to tip 20%, you can’t afford to eat out.”

The TikToker goes into the ongoing conversation surrounding servers’ wages in the United States. While some argue that servers should receive their salaries differently, Lillie explains that this isn’t the reality for her or the over 1.6 million servers across the nation.

“You can complain and insist that my employer should pay me a higher wage all you want, but this is America, and that’s not the case, okay?” she explains. “I receive $3.63 from the restaurant I work at. My income, my wage, is derived from tips.”

Lillie further adds that restaurant menu prices are intentionally kept lower, allowing for customers to provide tips. “The food is priced lower because you are expected to leave a tip on it,” she says. “If you cannot afford to tip, then you don’t deserve to dine out.”


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