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f0ec0ca0
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US tipping culture has come to upwork...

When I pay out a milestone or contract or whatever I'm innudated with give bonus screens.  Literally every screen now has a request to bonus/tip freelancers.  Are we really getting to the point where we can't even get a job done for a set price and not be bombared to tip?

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bobafett999
Community Member

Ignore them.....pretty soon the vending machines will also expect tips!

 

Yes they are very annoying.  The other day, I went to a coffee shop and ordered something behind the display case.  The girl picked it up and gave it to me.  The payment screen had different percentages, but no option to decline the tip.  I ended up giving the minimum.

 

I had visited a restaurant and the bill came with automatically 18% tip added (the tip was added on the amount that included taxes)! And they still had entry for tip to be added.

I recently went to a restaurant where they wanted me to place my order, pay for it and include the tip before I was even seated at a table.

 

The food was good, but I won't be eating there again. 

 

If it happens elsewhere, I'll tell them I'll leave a cash tip once I've experienced the quality of food and service. This practice would disappear if more people refused to comply.

 

In its effort to maximize all sources of revenue I can see why Upwork prompts all clients to pay a bonus. I don't expect one and have very rarely received one.

Ignore them is not an answer. That would be like ignoring Google or TV ads.  Freelancer only asks to give a tip during the close/payment screen - THATS IT.

If that don;t work - We'll call the pop-up police...

-Dave

yofazza
Community Member

The tipping culture in the US is indeed a 'scary' thing from my persepective (there's a lot more good things there though).

 

I saw it on Youtube, TikTok, etc. In here those people asking for tips can be scolded on-site. Or reported and they could get fired.

khadija_sheikh24
Community Member

Is not tipping depend upon client wish.I mean if he/ she likes our work then they release bonus with milestone.Am I right or not?

 

Right. But he claimed about Upwork spam his about bonus tips.

Ok.Thanks for the clarification.

williamtcooper
Community Member

Allen,

 

I have many clients that want to give a bonus whether Upwork had that feature or not. My last client Project gave a $600 bonus which was greatly appreciated. I go out of my way to perform exceptional work that many clients would have been more than willing to pay more for post project seening the results.

sure, but that wasn't my point.  As someone who has spent nearly a million $USD$ on upwork over the years, the constant hassle to tip people is becoming a sore spot.  Also why are you in the buyers/client message forums if you are a worker?

Workers CAN be buyers too! I do it in real life - how bout you?

David,

 

Great point!

 

I have been a freelancer and a client for the past 25 years and have bonused people $100,000s in total and am more than glad to for outstanding work.

Hmm, you have a large heart. That's great ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

I would be so delighted to work for someone like you. Once you need Web Development or Mobile App Development Services, I'm readily available for you. Please get in touch.

bobafett999
Community Member

Here only buyers will get annoyed with that feature.  Freelancers are happy and Upwork is happy - more money to them

44f14837
Community Member

If there has been an update to Upwork's features, including the addition of a tipping option, it would be best to check the latest information on Upwork's official website or contact Upwork's support for the most accurate and up-to-date details.

 
 
 
 
ladyelexia
Community Member

You can just ignore it. The freelancers themselves are not even aware of that screen (unless they visit this forum or have a client account). 

shanementor
Community Member

Many years ago when I started seeing Tip jars sitting next to the registers for Subway sandwiches and other similar places I knew the tipping culture would get out of hand. Tip someone to hand me a sandwich for carryout, no thanks!


Shane G wrote:

Many years ago when I started seeing Tip jars sitting next to the registers for Subway sandwiches and other similar places I knew the tipping culture would get out of hand. Tip someone to hand me a sandwich for carryout, no thanks!


I worked at Subway in high school. My boss was an ex NFL player. He made us take it down. lol

 

This guy (this pic doesn't do him justice, he was huuuuge IRL):

 

lysis10_0-1704654450413.jpeg

 

celgins
Community Member

I, too, worked at Subway in high school and I remember the almighty tip jar!

 

I never cared about having a tip jar next to my register, but a shift manager would always tell me: "Don't forget to put out your tip jar." When I didn't, customers would ask me: "Where's your tip jar?" I think many were accustomed to seeing the jar and wondered why I didn't have one, and would hand me money directly.

 

Tipping culture was a bit different back then, though. Today, it seems too many people, groups, organizations, etc. are entitled and act as if tips or bonuses are required--even when service is mediocre or bad.

 

Upwork should be ashamed for rattling a tip jar every time a client pays out a milestone. But, they have no shame.

lysis10
Community Member


Clark S wrote:

I, too, worked at Subway in high school and I remember the almighty tip jar!

 

I never cared about having a tip jar next to my register, but a shift manager would always tell me: "Don't forget to put out your tip jar." When I didn't, customers would ask me: "Where's your tip jar?" I think many were accustomed to seeing the jar and wondered why I didn't have one, and would hand me money directly.

 

Tipping culture was a bit different back then, though. Today, it seems too many people, groups, organizations, etc. are entitled and act as if tips or bonuses are required--even when service is mediocre or bad.

 

Upwork should be ashamed for rattling a tip jar every time a client pays out a milestone. But, they have no shame.


Yeah for sure it's different. My boss thought it was rude, and we were bummed when we had to remove it. The Subway was in a rich area so we were doing well even with dispersing tips among all people on the register.

 

I might tip a couple bucks to people on food, but I do get annoyed with it. I noticed it happens with CCs so maybe I should carry cash again.

celgins
Community Member

Most Subways were (and still are, I think) franchised, so owners had some leeway. There were definitely owners and managers who did not use tip jars. This particular owner owned two franchises in north Georgia where I worked, and he was fine with it.

 

I also worked at Subway throughout college and we never used a tip jar. I always thought it was a bit rude too, and it made employees look like they're demanding tips. I was a poor college student, so I made up for it by eating more than my free sandwich, bag of chips and cookie during a shift. And, I'm still upset somebody changed Subway's chocolate chip cookie recipe in the early 90s. They haven't tasted the same since! ๐Ÿ˜‚

 

Anyway, plastic is everywhere now; people no longer carry cash and I haven't seen a tip jar at a fast food joint in 15 years. I think the restaurants have conveniently absorbed all tips into the high prices they charge for all that heart-bustin' food they serve.

ansarirabia
Community Member

Most of the freelancers are not aware of this feature. I am freelancing more than 10 Years on Odesk/Upwork and just get to know this feature few minutes ago (from your post ๐Ÿ™‚ ). So you simply can ignore it as Freelancers are suualy happy by getting paid for what they work and rarely thought about getting tip on Upwork. 

3bd00a97
Community Member

Great Idea. I like it

crart
Community Member

**Edited for Community Guidelines**๐Ÿ˜‚ As lame and idiotic it is, they will not stop, you can choose to ignore them though. Personally I rarely receive bonus, unless the client really wishes for it, which is appreciated but not needed, certainly I don't ask for it as it is disrespectful, and it is client's sole decision to pay bonus or not. I set my prices so no begging must occur to be paid fairly. UW putting their dirty, money hungry nose into this is another thing. I had no idea it is set by default but this says a lot about management of this platform.

philippebrown
Community Member

Rather than tips and bonuses, how about "Do a good job and I'll give you more business..."

 

It's a race to the bottom. 

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