Today's cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail relates to a government report published on Monday that says tips in restaurants, hotels and bars should go to workers and not their employers. After an eight-month review of tipping practices, the government said charges imposed on staff tips by employers should be scrapped or limited. Service charges on customers’ bills should also be clear and voluntary, the proposals said. Full story >>
The cartoon shows a man being rushed into the Accident and Emergency Department of a hospital on a trolley surrounded by doctors and nurses. He seems to be in a bad way, and is connected to a drip. His wife whispers in his ear, "The restaurant, Gerald. Where you got food poisoning ... did you leave a tip?" A displeased-looking waiter is following them. The newspaper headline "New Laws on Tipping" gives us a clue as to what the cartoon is about.
We are supposed to deduce that the man did not leave a tip at the restaurant, as a result of which, the angry waiter served him something that gave him food poisoning. This doesn't really make sense, since you normally leave a tip at the end of the meal. And the government report doesn't recommend abolishing tipping — quite the opposite, in fact. However, as usual with Mac, the execution is excellent.
• Do you leave a tip when you go to the restaurant? How much?
• Why do people leave tips?
• What's the tipping etiquette in your country?
• In what other situations besides restaurants do people leave tips?
• Should tipping be abolished altogether?
Tip can be a verb or a noun. • Don't forget to tip the waiter. Shall we leave a tip?
• Restaurant staff 'should keep their tips' (BBC)
• Tipping crackdown targets 'unfair' practices to ensure restaurant workers keep their tips (The Independent)
• A guide to tipping in restaurants (The Guardian)
• Tipping Guide (New York Times)
• How Does a No-Tipping Restaurant Work? (Eater)