Recently, some of the more prominent D.C. restaurants have considered eliminating tips, which has lead to discussions about tipping. Needless to say, The Washington Post‘s Richard Cohen goes Full Metal Prima Nocta.
What I don’t get is why this is some radical proposal. In Massachusetts, parties of six or greater are required by state law to pay an eighteen percent gratuity*. Barbarism has not ensued in Boston’s restaurants as a result (or any more so than before the law). Just make that policy uniform for parties of any size, and pay people what they’re worth.
*Large parties will often short-change waiters on the tips even though serving a large party is really hard.