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Family Wanted To Tip Their Waiter With A $25 Amazon Gift Card And Started A Massive Debate On If It’s OK Or Not
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Family Wanted To Tip Their Waiter With A $25 Amazon Gift Card And Started A Massive Debate On If It’s OK Or Not Interview

What do you do if you can’t leave a tip for whatever reason? Sure, it’s never really mandatory to leave one, yet we always find ourselves leaving at least something.

And though we are aware that the waiting staff benefits greatly from generous tips and it’s always the best way of thanking them for being kind and caring at their job, we often don’t really remember to have some cash on hand just like that to tip the people who serve us.

But what if you were to offer something else instead of money. Like a gift card? TikTok has been debating this very issue lately after this one young lady shared a video of her family wanting to tip just that.

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What do you do if you can’t leave a tip? Leaving an arm or a leg is surely out of the question, but a gift card, maybe?

Image credits: kaittwest

So, Kaitlyn Lombera, better known as @kaittwest on TikTok, has recently shared a video of how her brother Gustavo put down a $25 Amazon gift card as a tip for a $95.24 bill at a Korean BBQ place.

All fine and dandy when you think about it, especially given some context. You see, the trio (Kait, her bro and sis) didn’t have any cash on them to leave a tip for the waiter, so they joked how they could offer a $25 Amazon gift card.

“When we realized none of us had cash, my brother offered to use his Amazon gift card. The waiter overheard and laughed,” said Kaitlyn in an interview with Bored Panda. They ended up tipping using a bank card, though, as they didn’t know if a gift card was actually a good tip. Given that it’s to the amount of $25, well over the 20% threshold for the current bill, the idea wasn’t all that bad.

Well, leaving a $25 Amazon gift card because you have no cash isn’t a bad idea

Image credits: kaittwest

“Tipping is a big deal in America. Personally, I always tip regardless of service. Waiters/waitresses are underpaid and under appreciated, I know because I used to work as a hostess. They need better wages and shouldn’t have to rely solely on tips,” elaborated Kaitlyn.

But this sparked a huge money vs. gift card debate on TikTok

Image credits: kaittwest

It didn’t take long for the video to go viral, as it now has nearly 700,000 views with over 40,000 likes and a couple thousand comments. Speaking of comments, folks there were quite divided over this move. You see, money can buy a lot of things, whereas a gift card limits you to a certain store, so most people were divided into two main camps here.

Here’s the full video:

@kaittwest holidays left us #broke ♬ Spongebob Sad Song Steel Lick – Some guy in the internet

One of the sisters gave some context in the comment section, where people were having a huge debate

On one side, there’s people who looked at the fact that it was a gift card for an internet venue that sells so many different things that it wouldn’t be hard to find something you like, and the amount turned out to be more than the customary 20% (it was, in fact, 26.24%), so it was a sure win for the waiter.

Besides, they were asked if they didn’t mind the gift card in place of the traditional cash tip, and they were fine with it.

But, there was also the other side, arguing that a gift card will not pay the waiter’s bills, no matter how large the tip might be. Others also pointed out that if you end up spending $95 on restaurant food, surely you have money to leave a proper tip.

Kaitlyn was surprised with the reception, and the huge debates that succeeded the video: “The video was a harmless joke, but the people started making a whole debate in the comments.”

She continued: “I was super shocked at the comments calling me names such as ‘ignorant, ungrateful, entitled etc.’ I pinned a comment where my sister explained the video and even then people kept commenting rude things. The problem is a lot of people are assuming I’m the waitress recording a customer without his consent and posting him online to shame him for tipping with a gift card.”

You can check out the video as well as the comments on TikTok, but before you go, share your thoughts with us and tell us what you think of tipping gift cards (or other monetary equivalents) in the comment section below!

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
4 months ago

$25 Amazon card may not “pay the rent” but it will buy you anything you need from bathroom supplies to bread and butter, delivered to your house. (Not an Amazon stan, but I’ll admit it’s darn convenient)

Meg Curry
Community Member
4 months ago

I once got a fake $100 bill as a tip with the Lord's Prayer on it. I've also gotten a fake $20 that turned out to be a Trump 2020 ad. Both folded in a way to get my hopes up at first glance. I would have LOVED the Amazon gift card over those.

COLA
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I will never understand the tipping culture. And I stand by that, so downvote all you like

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
4 months ago

It's easy to understand: it's leftover classist bullshit from an era where it was okay to look down on people.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
4 months ago

$25 Amazon card may not “pay the rent” but it will buy you anything you need from bathroom supplies to bread and butter, delivered to your house. (Not an Amazon stan, but I’ll admit it’s darn convenient)

Meg Curry
Community Member
4 months ago

I once got a fake $100 bill as a tip with the Lord's Prayer on it. I've also gotten a fake $20 that turned out to be a Trump 2020 ad. Both folded in a way to get my hopes up at first glance. I would have LOVED the Amazon gift card over those.

COLA
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

I will never understand the tipping culture. And I stand by that, so downvote all you like

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
4 months ago

It's easy to understand: it's leftover classist bullshit from an era where it was okay to look down on people.

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