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A Progressive Argument For Putting an End to Tipping

• Lenny DeFranco, PolicyMic

A groundswell is brewing in the American food service industry that many hospitality industry analysts have long predicted: the end of tipping. With an increasing number of restaurants moving away from the practice in favor of a basic service charge, and a growing resentment against tipping among consumers, the moment to rid ourselves of the need to calculate 18%-20% is fast approaching. The basic service charge (basically incorporating higher wages into the purchase price) could be the trend of 2014.

Everyone, progressives most distinctly, should be overjoyed. The dirty reality is that tipping is ... dirty.

Indeed, to many in the field, the emerging trend is fantastic news. "Tipping is a repugnant custom," vented Slate columnist Brian Palmer last year. "It's bad for consumers and terrible for workers. Tipping does not incentivize hard work. Tipping isn't even good for restaurants, because the legal morass surrounding gratuities results in scores of expensive lawsuits."


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Comment by Lola Flores
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Great!  So the greedmongers figure that paying the staff 3 bucks an hour is way to much so now they've figured out a way to cut into their tips too.  Next, they'll be putting a chain and ball on their feet and making them work to pay for it too.  AmeriKKKa is moving backwards at the speed of light.

Comment by Ed Price
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If tipping were terminated, there would NEED to be some form of extra money coming in. If there wasn't, servers - who earn as little as barely over $2 an hour - would not be able to afford the job. Restaurants would be without workers, unless they raised wages.

Comment by Ed Price
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As Bitcoin grows in popularity, and as servers all over the place get pushed out of the tipping thing, many will go to methods for offering a way for their customers to use their Bitcoin address to tip.

Have you ever been in a checkout line in a store, and the cashier happened to be exceptionally helpful in saving you $10 or $20 on some purchase you were making? And didn't you just want to tip that cashier out of simple gratitude? But cashiers are not allowed by law to accept tips, right? I'm sure some method could be used to sort-of covertly give someone your Bitcoin address so they could tip you more or less anonymously.

Comment by Ed Vallejo
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"You have a pie?  Well, we have a finger in your pie... no, wait - it's our pie now, but you can stick your little finger in it for a while...


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