Tipping: What is it good for?

Why is tipping a part of our culture?

On the one hand, I get it. People want to reward good service. This works perfectly well for some jobs.

But one where it doesn’t work so well in is waiting tables.

Not only does tipping not improve service, it isn’t doled out according to service anyway.  You are more likely to get a better tip if you are attractive than if you give amazing service.

It also turns out that restaurants end up having the cooks leave their positions to wait tables because the money is better (because the tips aren’t spread evenly among everyone). So there is this constant battle between the front of the house and the back.

Some eateries are changing this. I really do hope it sticks though. It is so confusing for folks who come here from abroad. But more importantly, it makes it easier on everyone so we don’t have to do math at the table.

I know that I enjoy going to other countries and not having to worry about tipping. Though, then I inevitably DO worry about tipping because I wonder if they do tip in these places.

This kind of goes hand in hand with the culture discussion from yesterday.

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