Category Archives: bars/pubs/restaurants

Thank you and good bye

Hello all. This will be my last post about tipping. As a final post I thought I would run through a few of the things that service-employees can do that have been found to be effective in increasing the amount … Continue reading

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Tipping, blondes and breast size

I was speaking to someone a few weeks ago that gave me, what is possibly, the most honest and succinct appraisal of tipping I have heard so far. Her pseudonym is Geraldine and she said: “Tipping is bullshit! All the … Continue reading

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If Australia had a ‘tipping culture’, would it be a better place?

Australians, collectively at least, have a fair amount of control over the society they want to live in. We can’t control everything – technological limitations, international politics and economic realities, among other factors, limit the type of society we can … Continue reading

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What makes service ‘good’?

  “I don’t tip … unless the service was exceptional, then I might.” This is a very Australian sentence. And on the surface this comment makes sense. Tipping is not a standard part of Australian custom. Some people do it, … Continue reading

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120 years from now…

In 1891, two philosophers from the United States wondered about the ethics of tipping. ********** At that time, US tipping customs were not like they are today. The American public was familiar with tipping, but it was only practised by … Continue reading

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Would Australians work harder if they got tips instead of wages?

We’ve all been there. Sitting at a restaurant, waiting. Waiting … “Could we get some menus, thanks”, you ask. “Sure, I’ll be right with you”, is the reply from the waiter. They are the words you got anyway. But you … Continue reading

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Higher price. Higher tip?

Is there a greater imperative to tip the more fancy (and expensive) the restaurant? People always amaze me when they say something like, “well, I tip at fine dining restaurants but not at regular restaurants.” If you ask what the … Continue reading

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