There are some things in life that aren’t necessarily mandatory by law, but are kind of assumed, like a social contract of sorts. For instance, letting someone off an elevator before you get on or being home during the window of time a maintenance person gives you. Your typical individual probably wouldn’t consider breaking these “social contracts”; it’s safe to say they’re ingrained in our systems.
But there is one social contract that people tend to egregiously abuse, and that’s tipping your server at a restaurant.
Tipping your server is something that’s expected here in the States, so much so that the hourly wage of servers is usually extremely low to balance out the amount of tips they’ll make in a shift. Even minimal tipping, which is necessary if perhaps you don’t have a lot of money to spend, is considered acceptable as long as you went out of your way to pay your server.
However, these expectations are not always met, even in their smallest form. Some patrons will still pay for their meal and leave their waiter or waitress with absolutely no tip, which is exactly what happened to Taylar Cordova.