The Case against Tipping: Evaluating Michael Lewis' Argument

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The Case Against Tipping: Evaluating Michael Lewis' Argument In his New York Times article titled The Capitalist; The Case Against Tipping, Michel Lewis wonders whether tipping really serves any significant purpose. In his own words, "no lawful behavior in the marketplace is as disturbing to me as the growing appeals for gratuities." Lewis is convinced that people should not be rewarded for doing something they are paid to do in the first place. A tip is defined by the National Archives and Records Administration as "a sum presented by a customer as a gift or gratuity in recognition of some service performed for him" (187). Such gifts may vary depending on several factors including but not limited to the specific service industry under consideration. Since time immemorial, a wide range of reasons have been offered in support of tipping. To begin with, there are those who are convinced that tips are meant to be an incentive. Indeed, as Lewis points out, most of us do grasp the notion that tipping people does indeed motivate them to serve us better. In Lewis' opinion, an individual is more likely to offer premium service i.e. in terms of prompt service if he or she believes a reward will be offered. Such kind of behavior is rather obvious and expected. However, offering tips in my opinion could over time make the recipients or beneficiaries of the said tips come to believe that they are entitled to the same. We must not facilitate the creation of such an entitlement

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