Waiters have taken massive strain over the last two years during the on-again-off-again relationship with lockdown levels; so the tip challenge was created to inspire a little bit of festive hope.
South Africa (18 November 2021) – We have been focussing on ways to give back this year that will directly impact the lives of the people around you. The next festive challenge on the list is the tip challenge that will improve the lives of the waiters that serve us this year.
Every December prior to Covid, was an exciting one for waiters, bar staff, and anyone working in the food and entertainment industry. Tourists would flock to South Africa and waiting lists for some of SA’s biggest hotspots would be endless. This meant loads of patrons and an influx of really good tippers!
Thankfully, many tourists will be returning to South Africa. Locals also tend to spend more time at local watering holes and restaurants to celebrate the end of the year with friends and family. This is great news for waiters; it’s time to bounce back!
The thing is, many will still be recovering from the last two years so this inspired the tip challenge. The challenge is to be generous when leaving a tip. The standard in South Africa is 10% so the challenge is to do a little more this year. We know budgets vary so leave a tip that works for you.
One challenge we hope sticks more than any other, is to tip in cash. This makes a huge difference, almost immediately. A cash tip goes directly into the pocket of your waiter or waitress that same day. Some restaurants will only pay tips at the end of the month and in some cases, the whole amount isn’t paid out (we know, not cool!).
So the greatest thing you can do is to tip in cash and if you can tip extra, we challenge you to do so.
The same can be applied to other people you would usually tip including car guards, petrol attendants, the cleaning staff at petrol stations (you always see their tip cups while washing your hands) and even the lady that washes your hair at the salon, every bit helps!