Woman Sparks Debate After Revealing She Was Asked to Tip Airport Worker For Bag Check

A woman on TikTok has sparked a heated discussion after revealing she was asked to tip an airport employee working at bag check. Addysen, who posts as @addydrake98, was flabbergasted to be asked to pay the additional money when traveling home for the holidays. After all, she’d already paid $400 for her flight, plus $35 for her checked bag. However, that didn’t stop the worker from asking how much she’d like to tack on before boarding.


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  1. Addysen believes tipping has gotten “out of hand.” In the U.S., people know there are certain service providers you tip. Delivery drivers, waiters and waitresses, manicurists, and hairstylists, etc. However, in Addysen’s eyes, being asked to tip for bag check at the airport was a step too far.
  2. The employee asked for a cash tip. “Tell me why when I get to the airport, after paying $400 for a flight, and I’m going to pay for my $35 checked bag, the guy says to me: ‘OK, you have to pay in credit card, but you can tip in cash,'” Addysen recounts in the video. She went on to say that she gave him a shocked look before getting her credit card out. At that point, the employee reiterated his request. He handed her the card machine, then asked: “What would you like to leave for a tip?”
  3. Addysen didn’t think the employee even deserved it. She pointed out that the airport worker’s demeanor during back check wasn’t even nice, and certainly not good enough to warrant a tip. “Keep in mind, he was a total f*****g douchebag to me,” she said. “He was so rude to me. What am I tipping that man for? What do we pay all this money for?”
  4. The comments section lit up pretty much immediately. One person said that her mom always tips outside baggage check people. Another shamed Addysen for being so judgmental, writing: “I bet you tipped at the eyebrow waxer and manicurist. You are discriminating who gets your tips and where to include people who don’t deserve that. Yes, some people don’t get tipped. You were wrong here.”
  5. To be honest, the employee shouldn’t have asked. Perhaps that’s why he requested the tip be given in cash — so that he could pocket it, knowing he wasn’t supposed to be approaching customers for tips. “Airline employee here! If this was an agent at the TKT counter, big no no. Curbside are contracted (diff ID badge) are allowed but shouldn’t be asking,” one person confirmed.

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