Someone should clue me in, because I’m drawing a blank:
In a viral video, this woman and her boo were confronted with this screen at the most unexpected place—the grocery store.
In the TikTok, Ev (@incrediboii) explained that she and her boyfriend stopped by a small “bougie” grocery store in Austin, Texas called Tiny Grocer, which they normally wouldn’t go to. But they just needed to pick up a few cheeses, hard meats, and wine for their date night, so they stopped in.
She knew it would be more expensive than at the grocery store she normally goes to, and it turned out to be $40.
But here’s where the surprise kicks in.
The cashier turned the tablet around after Ev paid, and Ev was confronted with a screen asking for a 25% tip.
“I look at her and my jaw like [dropped],” Ev said.
I can’t imagine how I would have reacted. Not well; I can be sure of that much.
Tipping for personal service, especially in restaurants, is an old American practice. Most of us are used to it, and see nothing wrong with it. After all, waiters and waitresses don’t get a very high hourly wage. More, they endure an unusual amount of stress during their shifts. But tip a cashier who has merely rung up a grocery order? A 25% tip?
I’ve been told that Austin isn’t much like the rest of Texas, but I would not have guessed that the differences were that profound. State capitals do tend to be perverse, though. All those politicians and pleaders for other people’s money must have corrupted the atmosphere.
Has any Gentle Reader been confronted with a similarly outrageous demand?