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Restaurant workers in the United States make more than twenty-five billion dollars a year in tips, so ita€™s natural that people think of the custom as quintessentially American. But it wasna€™t always. Tipping didna€™t take hold here until after the Civil War, and even as it spread it met with fervent public opposition from people who considered it a toxic vestige of Old World patronage. Anti-tipping associations were formed; newspapersa€"including the Timesa€"regularly denounced the custom. Tipping, the activists held, fostered a masterservant relationship that was ill suited to a nation in which people were meant to be social equals. William R. Scott, in his 1916 polemic a€oeThe Itching Palm,a€A described the tip as the price that a€oeone American is willing to pay to induce another American to acknowledge inferioritya€A; Guntona€™s Magazine labelled the custom a€oeoffensively un-American,a€A arguing that workers here should seek honest wages a€oeinstead of fawning for favors.a€A The anti-tipping campaigns were so effective that six states actually banned the practice.

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Posted: January 19th, 2007
at 12:14am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: business,grub

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