Tipping is commonplace in the United States, but not so much in Europe. A recent Freakonomics episode found that service improved when tipping was abolished. A 2012 study found that countries that tipped the most have a perception of increased corruption. I’ve always found certain practices strange.
Is tipping even fair? Slender women earn more tips than fat women. Blondes earn more than brunettes/redheads. I remember that one restaurant owner loved having a busy restaurant, because he made more money, but his poor servers complained about getting worse tips because they had too many tables to serve.
Do you tip fast food restaurants? Do you tip before you receive your service? Do you tip hairdressers, flight attendants? I went to pick up pizza for a New Years Party this weekend. I was supposed to get the pizza at 550 pm. I came late (650) and it still wasn’t done, and I didn’t get it for another 20 minutes. I wasn’t about to tip for service that bad.
Tell us your tipping stories.