Pros And Cons Of Tipping

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Tipping, also called gratuity, is ingrained in American culture. The original meaning is said “To Insure Promptitude.” The history of tipping began from England, but now it is essentially unnecessary in England. After the Civil War, newly rich Americans visited Europe and knew genteel rules, tips. However, as tipping became widespread in the U.S., people found tipping to be antithetical to democracy and American ideals of equality. A New York Times editor grumbled, “once tipping got to hold in the United States, it spread rapidly like ‘evil insects and weeds’” (). In the past, there also was an action for abolishing to tip. The article of “A Brief History of Tipping” says, “In 1904, the Anti-Tipping Society of America sprang up in Georgia, and its 100,000 members signed pledges not to tip anyone for a year. In 1909, Washington became the first of six states to pass an anti-tipping law.” However, it could not continue for a long term. “The new laws rarely were enforced, and, by 1926, every anti-tipping law had been repealed.”() So, the culture of tipping is still existing in many states in the U.S. On the other hand, even if workers earn tips from customers, there are 43 states that have less than established minimum wages for tipped employees by the federal government, and 19 of 43 states have only $2.13 as the minimum wages.() The amount of tips is not stable every time. Some days may be higher and other days may be lower. Does tipping really help them? Conventional wisdom claims that tipping is an important part of the America. But I take a different view: I believe tipping should be abolished because it is a repugnant custom. Now, tipping usually follows these rules: 10% if you were unsatisfied, 15% if it was ok, 20% for excellent service, and 25% for outstanding service. However, even if customers are not satisfied the service of servers, they tend to pay tips. According to Michael Lynn, a professor at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, “There are five basic motives for tipping. Some people tip to show off. Some people tip to help the server, to supplement their income and make them happy. Some people tip to get future service. And then other people tip to avoid disapproval: You
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