Something I think about at least five times a day. Last year, I was in Paris and one Sunday morning this little band set up outside of a cheese shop. People were drinking wine outside before noon and then this couple decided to dance and people made way for them.
I’m sorry to ruin everyone’s day with how this isn’t our real life.
I could go on against tipping, but let’s leave it at this: it is irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory. The people who take care of us in restaurants deserve a better system, and so do we.
That’s one reason we pay attention when a restaurant tries another way, as Sushi Yasuda in Manhattan started to do two months ago. Raising most of its prices, it appended this note to credit card slips: “Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted.”
A million times “yes!” From Japan to Uber, the future is clear: death to tips.