People weren't debating whether McCoy was a jerk just because they love to debate. Sure, that's part of it, but there's a bigger reason this discussion persistently plagues American dining: it's because our gratuity system doesn't make any sense to begin with. I know this. Implicitly, you probably know this. Here at this publication (among many, many others), we know this.
But instead of spending energy finding a solution for this country's dysfunctional tipping culture, we try to decide if LeSean McCoy's "screw you" tip was warranted. No. No! It doesn't matter.
This distracting ideological argument usually divides into two readily-politicized, highly emotive perspectives:
TIPPING IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE
- If you don't tip 20%, you're an awful person/European/an awful European person!
- Have any of you EVER waited tables?
- Servers don't even make minimum wage, you asshole.
TIPPING IS FOR GOOD SERVICE, NOT "ALL" SERVICE