In re: Friendliness does not pay (an update on the tipping debate)

So you may remember the In re: blog tipping debate.  Well if your interested in the subject (I always think its a really strange system, tipping wait staff that is)  Anyway, I was listening to This American Life (an great radio show on PRI)  episode #245 ‘The allure of the mean friend’ where in segment number 2 they go undercover to conduct a non scientific experiment to find out if being ‘less friendly’ brings in better tips.  You may be surprised to know that almost always the waitress received a higher tip for being less friendly (one instance was with a guy who always tipped 15%, but after being not ‘nice’ to him she got over 20%). 


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