Monthly Archives: October 2010

Tipping, humour and the French

If I told you a joke would you pay me for it? According to recent research you might, if I was selling you a coffee at the same time. The research was carried out by Nicolas Gueguen. He supposed that … Continue reading

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Do we tip to impress others?

Tipping a waiter might not impress your friends as much as a new skin-tight lycra suit would impress a peloton of cyclists, but giving money away without any hope of a return does seem to suggest an act of largess … Continue reading

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Does change really need a plate?

We’ve all seen them. Most of us at one stage or another have been presented our change on a small silver plate. Such plates seem to emerge only at high-end bars. They never make an appearance at the more suburban … Continue reading

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Tip Jars (and their slogans)

Jerry Seinfeld spoke a lot about tip jars. He seemed in favour of tipping in general, but the tip jar confused him. They confused him because if tipping is for service and all one is doing is buying a product, … Continue reading

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The inconsistency of tipping

“Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did however tip my urologist, because I am unable to pulverize … Continue reading

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Is tipping ‘un-Australian’?

Tipping is widely seen as ‘an American thing’. This was a point made clear by one of the commentators on my last blog and I suspect a view held by many. It is not uncommon to hear someone say in … Continue reading

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Should Australians tip at bars now?

A Melbourne bar, mid 2009. Coopers Pale Ales are $6.50, for which a $10 note gets you some change in coins. The barmaid taps on the tip jar, in which there are a few loose coins rattling around, and says, … Continue reading

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