A tip for the rich. Wetherspoons are cheaper, have a better class of customer and you don’t have to tip.

I read the papers, nowadays, and see the gap between poor and rich racing backwards to the Victorian age.
One area that epitomises this is that of restauranteurs and their diners.
Typical of the mindset of the diner’s is a recent interplay, between Alan Davies and Stephen Fry, on restaurants, on QI

They were talking about tipping.
This practice is pervasive in America, where workers have been indoctrinated into believing that minimum wage is a luxury and reliance on tips for a living wage is patriotic.
In this country, tipping is something done by the rich, where they come into contact with menials, who don’t work for them, or their friends.
So, here, in the UK, tipping is reserved for waiters, cabbies and, to a lesser extent, railway porters (this seems to have died out as the rich have moved to flights, rather than train journeys).
In the QI digression on tipping, Davies expressed real disgust at the low level of tipping by fellow Brits.
Let’s face it; how many ordinary Brits would tip in a McDonalds or a Subway?

In a pub, do people still tip?

How much would you tip when you’re often told that the proffered tenner is insufficient to cover the cost of a few cordials?

The point is that only rich pratts would pay restaurant prices, which is the whole point of dining in a restaurant.

You pay the hugely inflated prices to prove to yourself that you are superior to the riff-raff, who are kept out by the sheer economics of the exercise.

When a single plate can cost more than a week’s State pension, you are not likely to bemoan an extra 20% “service” charge.
It must be even more cheering knowing that restauranteur’s, such as public schoolboy, Jamie Oliver, believe that his staff should  be prepared to do 48 hour stints of feverish activity, in a hot kitchen and then show their gratitude at their meagre wages.

One last thought.

We are told that the class system has gone the way of Socialism, so why do we first class and second class train carriages.

How long before we get a return of third class carriages?

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