Keep a sense of reality

Keep a sense of reality: the story of the tip

The etymology of this word in English is often mistaken to reduce from to Insure Prompt Service – "to ensure fast maintenance" (in fact, the English word Tips is derived from the old verb TIP, which meant "Giving"). A small coin, they say, the tea maid could motivate as soon as possible to bring fashionable tea until he was cooled. In Russia, tea in the XVII century drank only noble boyars, in the XVIII – nobles and merchants, and he became the folk and widespread in century XIX, replacing a shot. The drink was still quite expensive, and many had to postpone the money to delight the pleasure to drink a seagull. Dahl in his "explanatory dictionary" leads the saying: "Now there is no one, but all the chaps; do not ask for vodka, but ask for tea ". "Principal" (this is exactly what they said first) and gave: they were enough for the smallest and cheap portion of the twig. Gradually tipped became mandatory. So much that in the pre-revolutionary Russia, sex in the restaurants did not receive a salary at all, but they lived only on tips, and even the innkeeper was paid to their own for the opportunity to earn.

In Soviet restaurants and cafes on the walls hung posters with slogans: "Tips degrade the dignity of the Soviet man". Even the anecdot came up with:

– Tipping is an insult.

Nowadays, in most restaurants, the waiter salary – 5-20 thousand rubles. Other income – Tips. According to the principle "As worked, and earned". The more satisfied with the client, the more tips he can leave. To make a customer satisfied, the waiter will work prigible. Legendary stories with fabulous tea, as in the film "Happy case", based on the real history of the police officer who promised the waitress of half a lottery ticket winning and received a prize of $ 4 million, is transmitted from mouth to mouth. However, in reality, we have tips left not everything, but only every second or third, and not all of them calculate the remuneration by the formula 10% of the account.

Keep a sense of reality

What is the case? The non-payers believe that, stimulating waiters, it is better to work in the hope of obtaining tips, restaurateurs are shy: it is beneficial to pay low salary, shifting your expenses on the shoulders of customers. According to this category, even the origin of the word "tip" speaks of a hidden request and even veiled extortion. If you come to a cafe, you buy food, the price of which is not only the cost of the products and labor of it prepared, but also renting the premises, guard, parking and a lot more. So why should we leave the tips? If the restaurant increases food prices, including the costs of the waiters’ salary, then the guest will agree. Provided that the quality of the kitchen and the atmosphere of the restaurant will be good.

In Moscow, there is a restaurant "Wine Market", in which the waiters (they are sommelier) receive as mid-link managers, and a bottle of unprofitable wine it costs amazing 700-1 500 rubles. We also have a Russian beer "Chagin", tried to introduce a mandatory 10% for the service, but the abolished collection – guests were indignant. But in the "Tent" on clean, these imputed tips – the norm of life.

France in 1955 ordered public catering establishments Add to account Item "Payment Service". There is no such law in Russia. But there is also no sharp understanding of social injustice that Hillary Clinton gray hair: During the Senate Campaign of 2000, she did not leave Tips and was forced to publicly apologize for their act. No and respect for someone else’s work, as in Japan, where the tips are regarded as a shame and an insult. And once there is no clarity, then give or not to give tips – the question is open. You yourself see what?

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