iPad Tip meme

iPad Tip / Tip Screen

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iPad Tip, also known as iPad Tipping, Tip Screen, The Barista Waiting for iPad Tip or The Cashier Waiting for iPad Tip, refers to an axiom about cashiers and baristas spinning around an iPad (or another tablet often used as a cash register) with a tipping interface to which the meme's creator leaves no tip due to the perception that the cashier didn't do enough to warrant tipping. The joke became prevalent on Twitter originally in 2018, becoming more notable in 2022 and 2023. The jokes were primarily used as captions for "staring" images, like Staring Animals and Sigma Stares, to portray the cashier's blank expression.

Origin

Starting in the late 2010s, companies like Square[1] launched a new cash register interface that resembled a tablet or iPad. Square's products were integrated into many restaurants and stores in the years that followed, becoming commonplace in the 2020s.

On June 25th, 2018, Twitter[2] user @jackdwagner tweeted the first discovered joke about leaving a tip on an iPad cash register, writing, "those ipad cash registers really have some balls asking me if I wanna add a 20% tip while buying a pack of cigs." The tweet received roughly 1,400 likes in five years (shown below).


jack wagner @jackdwagner those ipad cash registers really have some balls asking me if i wanna add a 20% tip while buying a pack of cigs 12:57 AM. Jun 25, 2018

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On May 30th, 2019, Twitter[3] user @rivbutcher tweeted a similar joke, reading, "Nothing like waiting behind someone flirting with a barista and then watching them select 'no tip' on the iPad," gaining roughly 11,000 likes in four years (shown below, left). On December 9th, 2020, Twitter[4] user @maxhoma23 tweeted, "Tipping was a lot less awkward when there wasn’t a person holding an iPad that asked how much you’d like to tip them," gaining roughly 11,200 likes in two and a half years (shown below, right).


river buddy butcher @rivbutcher ... Nothing like waiting behind someone flirting with a barista and then watching them select "no tip" on the ipad 8:38 PM May 30, 2019 765 Retweets 70 Quotes 11K Likes max homa @maxhoma23 Tipping was a lot less awkward when there wasn't a person holding an iPad that asked how much you'd like to tip them 12:56 PM Dec 9, 2020 ● 405 Retweets 70 Quotes 11.2K Likes

The concept became a larger meme in 2022, following a viral tweet sent by Twitter[5] user @Bobby_Condon on April 1st, 2022, that gained roughly 305,300 likes in one year (shown below, left). Then, on July 19th, 2022, Twitter[6] user @AkameG4Kill tweeted, "The cashier when I press 'no tip' after all they did was spin the iPad around," as the caption for Staring Donkey, gaining roughly 611,000 likes in 10 months (shown below, right).


Bobby C @Bobby_Condon whenever i see an ipad at a cash register i know that i'm about to tip for something i never had to tip for before 8:06 PM Apr 1, 2022 18.4K Retweets 1,590 Quotes 305.3K Likes ... world's greatest cat father @AkameG4Kill The cashier when I press "no tip" after all they did was spin the iPad around 12:37 AM Jul 19, 2022 ●

The format of Twitter[6] user @AkameG4Kill's tweet was soon exploited by others online as it was also reposted to platforms like Instagram.[7] The meme's concept also gained criticism, evident in a viral tweet posted by Twitter[8] user @SweatieAngle on September 28th, 2022, that gained roughly 15,600 likes in eight months (shown below).


AI @SweatieAngle Apparently unpopular opinion but the ‘haha | don't tip counter service, they just spun an iPad around' takes annoy the s--- out of me. I've worked those jobs, they are thankless and minimum wage. I always chuck them a dollar. If you don't, fine, but its nothing to brag about. 11:31 AM . Sep 28, 2022 955 Retweets 208 Quotes 15.6K Likes ●●●

Iterations of the meme continued to surface on Instagram[9] and Reddit,[10] among other platforms, going into early 2023.

Various Examples


Ciroc Obama @BrolmGay ●●● the cashier after i press no tip after all they did was spin the iPad so i can pay 4:56 PM. Nov 10, 2022 the barista waitin for u to tap the 40% tip on the iPad for ur microwaved croissant me burning in hell after pressing "no tip" on that ipad thing + 8041 Could you imagine getting done with a really good Confession and the priest whips this around the screen on an iPad 15% Good 20% Wow! No Tip Add a Tip YOUR BILL: $34.40 18% Great 30% Best Service Ever! Custom clover.com/privacy Tweets Affiliates Replies Media Likes Starbucks Coffee @Starbucks. 15h This is anti-worker the barista waitin for u to tap the 40% tip on the iPad for ur microwaved croissant 70 00.0K Lilly @lillybilly299 ●●● Dude at the coffee shop automatically pushed "no tip" before he swivelled the iPad at me, only time I've felt compelled to tip at a coffee shop in my life 11:07 AM - May 10, 2023 32.4K Views

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External References

[1] Square – Square Stand

[2] Twitter – @jackdwagner

[3] Twitter – @rivbutcher

[4] Twitter – @maxhoma23

[5] Twitter – @Bobby_Condon

[6] Twitter – @AkameG4Kill

[7] Instagram – @hoodclips

[8] Twitter – @SweatieAngle

[9] Instagram – @litcatholicmemes

[10] Reddit – /r/dankmemes

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