“Tipping” - giving someone money following the performance of a service, is a significant part of Canadian modern life. In a Cornell University study, Canada was found to have 27 tip-worthy service professions. This level varies widely worldwide from a high of 31 in the United States to lows of 4 in Japan and 0 in Iceland.
1. What were the designed purposes of tipping? Are they being accomplished in the current system?
2. How does the North American system of tipping benefit servers? Employers? Customers?
3. What problems do you have with tipping? As a server? Customer? Employer?
4. What experience do you have with tipping and service culture outside Canada?
5. One researcher found a positive correlation between tipping prevalence and corruption in a multi-national study. How are tipping and bribery similar? How are they different?
6. Using humanist values, can we formulate guidelines to tipping or is the whole tipping system fundamentally un-humanist?