5 reasons we should ban tipping
The practice is confusing, inefficient and ultimately discriminatory, researchers say.
In the podcast, Lynn was asked what he would do differently if he could go back in time and rewrite the social norms related to tipping. What would he change?
He said he would outlaw tipping completely. That's a surprising response from someone who has basically devoted his career to studying the practice. Some restaurants already do this. Dubner mentions The Linkery in San Diego, which bans tipping in favor of an 18% service charge for diners.
From the experts in the podcast, here are five reasons the U.S. should ban tipping:
It's discriminatory. This is Lynn's No. 1 reason for outlawing tipping. In his research, he's found that the people who get the most tips are slender white women in their 30s with large breasts. What a surprise.
He's also found that minorities get fewer tips in general. When you have an aspect of employment that hurts a broad class of people, whether it's intentional or not, that's absolutely discriminatory. This is a class-action lawsuit just waiting to be filed.
It may lead to corruption. Another expert interviewed in the podcast, Magnus Torfason from Harvard Business School, said he has found that countries with more tipping have more corruption.
It's really uncomfortable. For the tipper, that is, and possibly for the tippee as well. That's because people don't know what they're supposed to tip and for what service. How much is enough? And do I have the right bill on me? I can't really ask this person to break a $20 bill, can I? Help!
It's essentially subsidizing businesses. Lynn has estimated that about $40 billion a year is given in tips in the United States. Dubner pointed out that NASA's annual budget is less than $20 billion. So we could build two NASAs with all the money being tipped. That's money that businesses don't have to pay to their waitresses and other service employees.
It shifts work away from the employee. Tipping can actually create so much unease that some customers end up doing the work instead of the employee. For example, people carry their own luggage to their hotel rooms even though there are workers hired to perform that specific service. People park their own cars farther away, even though there's a valet right there at the door. As a result, some service workers end up with nothing to do, which is inefficient and wastes a company's resources.
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As Steve Martin said in 'My Blue Heaven' I don't believe in tipping, I believe in over-tipping. Provide me with great service, I'm tipping you at least 25-30%. I don't care about your sex, color, race, religious beliefs or boob size. I care about your effort to make my experience memorable and comfortable.
Now if you are lazy, indignant and feel like I am bothering you by asking you to do your job, I'll respond with a lovely note on the receipt, a talk with the manager and probably never return. I tip ZERO at those times and feel justified.
To this researcher, I say, go to he**.
I tip for good service and I don't tip for bad service.
I could care less about big boobs and a smile.
Regardless of sex, looks, or anything else, you treat me with respect and I
will reward you with respect, so take your research and stuff it.
In a restaurant it shouldn't be based on a percentage of the bill. That's ludicrous. I should tip less because I got a hamburger instead of a steak??? I tip on the service.
The professor sayshe would ban tipping, the article then mentions places that have done just that but add 18% gratuity. You didnt ban tipping, you just made it mandatory and at a fixed rate. Doesn't make much sense to me.
Also, not every job is supposed to be a living wage, that supports a family of 4 or more, provides healthcare, vacations and retirement. Some jobs are to make extra cash, or to help yourself through school. The rest of us did them, bettered our selves and moved on. Don't like the job, can't support your family of 5 and live in a big house in the big city, move on and let a college kid do the job while he/she earns their degree.
I feel tipping is good because of the following reasons.
1. I tip according to service given ,, poor service = no tip or low tip , great service can be a 25%+ tip
2. Tipping keeps poor service out of the work place, since no money = gone poor employee or they get better at their job.
3. Are you willing to pay a 18% surcharge to McDonalds or Burger King ??? it will come to that
Blonde , big tits , and crap service = poor tip unless its a stripper ;)
I tip based on service....and for the most part it's 20%...
if I don't like the service, etc, then the tip goes on the cc....therefore they have to report it....
I don't care if the waiter/ress is white, black or whatever...it's the same.
"Cornell University professor Michael Lynn who has written 51 academic papers on the subject"
What loon would write 51 papers on a subject that few people care about? Shouldn't he be teaching his liberal message to his class and give the graduate assistants a break? After all, he is paid big bucks to teach even if it's the usual left wing rhetoric. Sounds like another dead weight with tenure.
If people actually have trouble figuring out how much to tip, they should be remanded back to the good old days when teachers in the 5th grade would actually teach their students important things in life (like simple arithmetic) and not indoctrination.
Perhaps the professor wants to "ban tipping" and have a 15 -18% tip added to all bills. This isn't banning tipping, it's forced tipping!! Another utopian dream that people with far too much time on their hands come up with.
"This is a class-action lawsuit just waiting to be filed."
Good luck proving damages.
I'll tip if the service I receive warrants it. If it doesn't, learn to serve better.
"And do I have the right bill on me? I can't really ask this person to break a $20 bill, can I? Help!"
Are you really that stupid or scared to ask for change??
That has to be the lamest statement this week besides the MSN story titled " Death by drowning is quiet " DUH !!!!!!!!!
Tipping makes the worker try to give an outstanding service to the client. If the client feels he or she is being pampered by a solicitous employee, the client may feel that a gratuity is in order. There are restaurant workers who make quite good by providing an excellent service, and I suppose other workers in other industries also do great as well.
Tipping is voluntary and it should stay that way.
Of course restaurant owners have been taking advantage of their waiters, waitresses and their clients' tipping...but it would suck to be eating at fast food joints where tips are not required
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