Liberals Find a New Thing to Call Racist...Tipping
After restaurateur Danny Meyer decided to stop tipping at his restaurants last week, the question of whether or not tipping should be banned has been pushed to the forefront in the mainstream media. So, should restaurants ban tipping? Apparently economics journalist Stephen J. Dubner thinks so, citing everything from economics to racism as to why tipping should be done away with all together.
Time magazine published his commentary under the headline, "Tipping Was Always a Bad Idea."
Dubner argued that people view tipping in three ways: a reward for particularly good service, a restaurant’s way of getting customers to pay the restaurants employees, or a virtually inescapable tax on dining. Dubner complained that restaurant tipping is something that makes employers, employees and customers awkwardly co-dependent, potentially discriminatory on several dimensions, and it’s a bad idea in general.
Recalling an interview with Cornell researcher Michael Lynn on Freakonomics Radio, Dubner wrote:
Blondes get better tips than brunettes. Slender women get better tips than heavier women. Large-breasted women get better tips than smaller-breasted women. Surprisingly, at least in the studies I’ve done, women in their thirties get better tips than either younger or older women.” Lynn also found, “women and men earn roughly the same in tips. But white servers earn substantially more than blacks (even with black customers).