The practice of tipping isn’t just archaic, it’s unfair to both parties


Have you ever found yourself clammy-handed as you awkwardly leave a restaurant abroad, unsure of whether you’ve tipped an insultingly low sum or a foolishly high amount? Or realised to your horror that the bellboy at an American hotel will expect a crisp dollar bill, and you have nothing smaller than the $50 bills you exchanged at the airport?

Whether you’re stepping into an American hotel room after an 11-hour flight, or leaving a restaurant after a romantic night out, the practice of tipping regularly introduces a sour, stressful note into what should be a carefree moment.

Tipping etiquette might seem like a tiny thing to get in a tizz about, but psychologists now recognise “tipping anxiety”…

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