Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Cindy Swanson, CyberSnoop: The Case of the Tacky Tip

Did Oprah Winfrey advise restaurant customers to tip the waitstaff only 10 per cent, due to the current tough economic times?

That's the rumor that actually started a Facebook group called "1 Million Servers Strong Against Oprah's Comments"...a group that had more than 37-thousand members as of this past November.

However, no one can find any evidence that Oprah actually said this, either on her show or in her magazine. In fact, guests on Oprah's show have encouraged people to be better tippers...at least 15 per cent, since waiters are paid well below the minimum wage and depend on their tips to survive.

The rumor has been so persistent that Oprah actually issued a disclaimer on her website, saying that she believes in generously compensating waitstaff.

In CyberSnoop's opinion, Oprah has made some statements and advocated some philosophies that are highly questionable at best. But according to several sources, this is one statement she never made.

And for the record, CyberSnoop encourages you NOT to be a tacky tipper.

Clearing up another internet rumor, this is Cindy Swanson, CyberSnoop, reminding you to check it out BEFORE you hit that "send" button!

1 comment:

Ganns said...

Tipping is also the norm in Manila, although 10% isn't usually required; often, waiters are tipped even when the restaurant places a "service charge" (usually pegged at 10%) as part of our total cost. Hairstylists and parking lot attendants also receive tips here.

Happy New Year, Cindy!! A blessed 2010!

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