Tipping has become a hot-button issue again lately. The confluence of raising minimum wages and the uncomfortable nature of tipping’s history has led to many major restaurateurs to drop tipping from their restaurants. This hasn’t gone the way that those business owners would have liked. There’s a lot at play here — from a deeply rooted cultural and societal norm to economic molds that are near impossible to break.
We want to take a step back and get a little perspective on tipping as a societal and economic practice (in restaurants). Is it something that deserves such a revered spot in our culture? Or is it time to move on to a better, more egalitarian system?