519 Church Street Room TBA or 304
Proposer: Richard Dowsett
“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.
- What were the designed purposes of tipping? Are they being accomplished in the current system?
- How does the North American system of tipping benefit servers? Employers? Customers?
- What problems do you have with tipping? As a server? Customer? Employer?
- What experience do you have with tipping and service culture outside Canada?
- 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?
- Using humanist values, can we formulate guidelines to tipping or is the whole tipping system fundamentally un-humanist?