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Haji 2003

Links between American tipping culture & slavery

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Very informative post on Quora:

https://qr.ae/TWhM7S

It quotes this from the Ford Foundation:

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When the practice was brought to the United States in the 19th century, the American public was deeply uncomfortable with it. Many saw tipping as undemocratic and therefore un-American. A powerful anti-tipping movement erupted, fueled by the argument that employers, not customers, should be paying workers. But American restaurants and railway companies fought particularly hard to keep tipping, because it meant they didn’t have to pay recently freed black slaves who were now employed by those industries.

 

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Wait wait hold on a minute, so this tipping is extra money Americans pay to workers? That doesn't make sense at all. Doesn't it just come from their salaries?? 

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24 minutes ago, Ali~J said:

Wait wait hold on a minute, so this tipping is extra money Americans pay to workers? That doesn't make sense at all. Doesn't it just come from their salaries?? 

Make of this what you will, taken from the OP on Quora (see the bottom right hand side of the box):

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