Why Tipping Needs to Go!

Why Tipping Needs to Go!

A look into the act of gratuity and why we need to abolish it.

Have you ever wondered why we tip our waiters or delivery person? Why do we tip at all? Tipping is perhaps one of the most “American” customs and it may come as a surprise to the majority of citizens that a good portion of the world does not tip. In fact, in some countries, such as China, Japan, Iceland and Paraguay, tipping is not expected and can be insulting. This brings us back to the question: Why do we tip in the United States?

Tipping in the United States can be seen originating from the early 20th Century. The act was perceived being “un-American” as it was against the principals of a fair and democratic society and economy. Tips were viewed as bribing employees in the service industry to go against the norm by providing larger portions of a meal or drink.

Views on tipping, however, have changed after the 1919 introduction on prohibition which catastrophically impacted restaurants, hotels and other establishments that lost a good portion of their revenue from alcoholic beverages. Prohibition not only took away alcohol, but also brought forth financial troubles for restaurants provoking restaurant managers to gladly accept tips in order to compensate for the lack of payment towards servers, initiating the custom of tipping. While tipping is not mandatory, it is a common practice in America to leave a tip at dining establishments.

Theoretically, tips provide incentive for service workers to provide better service, however real world studies have demonstrated that there are many factors which effect tipping. Workers have been tipped at a wide range, often based on factors outside of service quality such as age, gender race, appearance and breast size. This not only proves that gratuity is not often linear with quality of service but is also discriminatory and one of the reasons that gratuity should be abolished.

One can argue that tipping is optional and in no way required by a dining establishment. While this is true, not tipping is highly frowned upon making tipping essentially paying for the right to leave the establishment “guilt free.” A common argument is that waiters/waitresses earn the majority of their income from tips. While this may be true in most cases, it is also highly irregular. The Unites States federal government requires the minimum wage for employees who receive tips to be $2.13 provided that at least $30 of tips are received by the employee per month. If the employee does not earn (I emphasize earn as I believe tips are only to be awarded for extraordinary service) at least $30 in tips the employer is required to compensate and pay said employee the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour worked.

This brings up the question of why I, as a costumer, should have to compensate for the employer’s lack of pay. Like I mentioned above tipping should be awarded for extraordinary service, not handed out for any service.

Another factor to consider is how much a waiter/waitress really makes if we take into consideration the federal minimum of $2.13. The average waiter at a typically priced restaurant waits around 25-30 tables an hour. The average meal for a couple at such a restaurant ranges from $40 to $45. For our purposes we’ll be using the lower values. Doing the math for a 5-hour diner shift with $2.13 being the federal minimum wage and the average tip being 15 percent of the bill; a waiter earns $760.65. For states such as California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington (state minimum wages are $10, $8.25, $9.25, and $9.47 respectively) which require tipped employees to be paid the state minimum wage (in addition to retaining tips) the employees make much more. The same concept applies for states such as Florida, New York, Arizona, and many more which require employers to pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour (as well as retaining tips). These values can go to $1600.00 an hour with some cases going up even higher.

Take some time to reflect on this; is a waiter/waitress, a profession which does not require any skill, knowledge or training really worth over $700 per hour? To put this into perspective a typical paramedic in the United States who went through a basic EMT course as well as completed around 150 hours of training (6 to 9 months) gets paid on average $16 per hour with the lowest being $12 and the highest being $23 an hour (more are paid on the lower end). To add to this, tips are non-taxable.

Simply put serving food is not a profession which is worthy of being paid extra. We need to change our concept of gratuity from what it is right now to what it should be, a gift to be given as one deems fit.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.


I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.


I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!


If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!


One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.


When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.


For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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