Category Archives: Identity

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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Is a tip just a bribe?

If a rose by any other name would smell as sweet then surely a bribe by any other name would be as dodgy. Australians like to think of themselves as being honest and reliable in their dealings with each other. … 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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