Has the culture of guilt gone too far?
A former yogurt shop employee went viral on TikTok after admitting she was “embarrassed” by her shop’s checkout tablet asking customers to leave a tip.
The TikToker, known only as Alison, shared her now-viral video on the social media site last week, writing, “As a former fast food worker, we cringe when the tablet asks you to tip. I worked with frozen yogurt and had to ask everyone to click on it and if I told them to ignore it, they would yell at me.”
Alison added, “The funniest thing is that about 90% of the time people tip. As if YOU put your own yogurt in a cup. I’m just the cash lady.”
iPads and other similar-style tablets are being used in place of traditional cash registers in restaurants and cafes across the country, with a screen asking customers to tip up to 25% before paying. This means that many Americans are now tipping for takeout coffees and fast food.
iPads and other similar-style tablets are being used in place of traditional cash registers in restaurants and cafes across the country. WSJ
Alison’s TikTok clip caught the public’s attention, racking up more than 315,300 views, with many outraged at the fact that they were asked to leave a tip for workers who made minimal effort for them.
“He’s always at the weirdest job,” one complained. “Like all you did was put my cookies in a box, why would I tip you 20%?”
Meanwhile, other fast food workers left comments on Alison’s video, similarly saying they were embarrassed to ask for tips.
“I was ONLY confronted at work for NOT tipping. Maybe it’s because I flip an iPad after charging $5 for a cupcake,” one cheekily wrote.
Alison’s TikTok clip caught the public’s attention, logging more than 315,300 views, with many outraged at the fact that they were asked to leave a tip for workers who made minimal effort for them. TikTok/pharbiebarbie
“My bosses made me ask for tips. as a lady, the [the customer] I just bought a bottle of water,” chimed in another.
However, there were also some proponents of the hint screen, with one man writing: “There’s a skip button if it’s a problem, sorry.”
In her video, Alison also revealed that she never received the tips customers left on the digital tablet. She did not reveal any further details, instead saying “it was a story for another video.”
However, her clip isn’t the only TikTok tipping video to go viral in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, a woman recorded more than 2.9 million views after sharing a video about the pressure of tipping via one of the digital tablets.
Store owners frequently use tablets instead of traditional cash registers. Getty Images/iStockphoto