Tipping: do we have to?

I’ve updated my earlier critical observations (Tidings, Sept. 2008) about the practice of tipping in America, gratified to see that, even if it took ten years, at least one leading New York restaurant mogul–Danny Meyer–has done away with tipping throughout his 13 hospitality establishments.  Although his reasoning was shaped mostly by economic considerations, be warned that psychological affronts and class divisions, rooted in 15th century Tudor England when the practice of tipping practice made its earliest appearance, will continue until tipping is abolished throughout the land. (Broadcast on WPKN October 11, 2017 and produced by Tony Ernst)

You can see my illustrated blog post on the subject here, put together in 2008, when I still had time for such fun things.

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