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The Tipping System Is Immoral

Oct 24, 2019 / News Item
For most of my life I’ve been glad that America is a society that relies heavily on tipping. First, tipping allows us to reward excellent service. Second, in a world of rising economic inequality, a 30 to 50 percent tip is a small but direct way to redistribute money to those who are working hard to earn a living. Moreover, tipping nurtures humane relationships. It encourages servers to try to establish social connection through direct eye contact and a display of warmth. Finally, most of the servers I’ve known like the tipping system. They’ve believed that by doing their job well they could...
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Poor service? You still have to tip 20 percent, no matter what.

Oct 8, 2019 / News Item
Tipping is not about you. When eating out at a restaurant, many diners believe that they should tip on a sliding scale based on the service they receive — good or bad. * * * I discussed this in a previous column, which garnered so much response that I asked Washington Post food reporter and columnist Tim Carman what he thought about gauging gratuity based on the service you receive. Q: How should diners tip when they get poor service for whatever reason? Carman: I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding about tipping in America. Diners have been led to believe that tipping should be...
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