There’s nothing more inconvenient than checking out of a to-go restaurant or store and being prompted by the establishment’s payment systems to tip — even if it’s for a $3 coffee.
While some might argue that tipping in the service industry should be commonplace and standard protocol, almost all agree that some people’s expectations are taken too far.
This appears to be the case in a now-viral TikTok by two creators performing a skit saying landlords should be tipped for being “on call” and helping with routine maintenance around tenants’ units.
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In the clip, TikTokers Matthew Tortoriello and Kevin Shippee, who played the @twoguystakeonrealestate account, act out a scenario where a landlord hands a tenant a payment tablet asking how much he would like to tip, confusing the tenant. According to Tortoriello and Shippee’s Instagram account, they have more than 26 years of real estate investing experience between them.
“So you tip a barista who pours overpriced coffee in a cup, but not the man who is available 24/7 to make sure he has a safe house,” the fake landlord used in an argument after the fake tenant says he won. t tip.
At the end of the clip, the fake landlord says that when it comes time for the tenant’s lease renewal, he will include gratuity as part of the rent.
This obviously didn’t go down well with many social media users, including those on Twitter — a post featuring the clip has been viewed more than 8.1 million times, and natively on TikTok, where the video has been viewed more than 751,300 times.
“Tips are for those who serve us and get paid minimal, relying on those tips,” one user joked on TikTok. “You just let hard-working people pay you two mortgages.”
“If this isn’t satire my brain is literally exploding,” said another.
A Twitter user admitted that they had never heard of tipping a landlord, explaining that tips are “primarily for specific services”.
According to Apartment Guideit is a nice gesture to give your landlord a small gift or extra (for example around the holidays), if your landlord also works as a building manager, but it is not mandatory.