The former fast food worker sparks debate after sharing his “embarrassment” at asking customers to tip

A former fast-food worker has sparked a debate over tipping after claiming she was “embarrassed” when checkout tablets asked customers how much they wanted to tip.

In a video posted to TikTok earlier this month, Allison, @pharbiebarbie, explained that she used to work as a cashier at a frozen yogurt store.

However, according to Allison, she wasn’t a fan of the check-out tablets used at her workplace, as she found them embarrassing that they asked customers for tips. Check-out tablets, or iPads, have become increasingly common in recent years, prompting many to share their frustration at the devices’ prompts to add tips.

“As ex-fast food workers, we feel embarrassed when the tablets ask you for a tip,” the TikToker wrote in the video’s text. “I have worked [at a] frozen yogurt [place] and had to ask you all to click on it and when I told you to ignore it I got yelled at.”

In the comments, Allison added that she found it odd when a customer tip her since she works at a yogurt helper shop.

“The funniest thing is that people tip about 90 percent of the time,” she wrote. “As if YOU put your yoghurt in a cup. I’m just the cash lady.”

As of July 29, the video had more than 271,300 views, with TikTok users in the comments agreeing with Allison and claiming that in some situations, customers don’t need to leave a tip.

“Its ever [at] the weirdest job too,” claimed one person. “Like you just put my cookies in a box. Why should I tip you 20 percent?”

“At this point I’m just reaching out and not tipping,” wrote another. “Asking old people to use the system is a headache.”

A third person added, “I was ONLY confronted at my job for NOT doing tips like boo, maybe it’s because I flip an iPad after charging $5 for a cupcake.”

Other people who claimed to have worked in fast-food restaurants said customers were annoyed when asked to leave a tip.

“And people are so damn mean,” wrote one viewer. “Believe me, we’re not happy about it either, we’re just doing our jobs. No need to be rude or make fun of us.”

However, some viewers stressed the importance of tipping all fast food workers, including those who work the checkout counter.

“Lol and I always tip 20 percent,” one person wrote, while another said, “I always just politely ask them to just click no tip to complete the transaction.” Nine times out of ten they tip anyway.”

This isn’t the first time a debate about tipping culture has gone viral. Earlier this month, TikToker @aubreygracep, Aubrey, released a video about the “embarrassing pressure” of tipping, in which she did a re-enactment of a barista asking a customer to tip via an iPad screen attached to the checkout was displayed.

In response to the video, some viewers noted the awkwardness of “not leaving a tip,” while others argued that baristas depend on tips to “earn a living wage.”

According to etiquette expert Emily Post, tipping depends on the type of service you are being provided. For example, she recommends tipping waiters 15 to 20 percent of the bill, while tipping delivery drivers can range from 10 to 15 percent of the bill. The former fast food worker sparks debate after sharing his “embarrassment” at asking customers to tip

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