We've had discussions about tipping in the past, http://www.buxr.com/topic/how-.....18-20_2242
but when I saw this article, I couldn't resist posting another topic about it. The account at http://www.billshrink.com/blog.....f-tipping/
traces the origin of tipping to 18th century English pubs, and also includes suggested tip amounts for different services. Do you agree with those amounts? Why or why not? It seems like everybody expects a tip these days, and despite its origins, tipping is now thought of as a distinctively American practice! Can you believe it - in 1915 six state legislators from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Tennessee and South Carolina attempted and failed to pass an anti-tipping bill that would make leaving gratuities unlawful. See http://www.foodwoolf.com/2010/.....pping.html
The BillShrink topic credits Financial Times for the facts, but I was surprised at the suggestion that drawing a smiley face on the bill would actually have any effect on the size of the tip, or that the effect would be different for male or female servers.