r/antiwork Jan 14 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 16 Wholesome 10

So sorry, I'm broke so I can only pay you $77 for my food. You were great though.

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u/Nightshader5877 Jan 15 '22

It's because America feels like it's built on too much greed.

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u/[deleted] Jan 15 '22

It's because America feels like it's built on too much greed

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u/[deleted] Jan 15 '22

The movie “Wall Street” from 1987 has the famous quote “greed, for lack of a better word, is good”. It seems American Businesses heard that quote and ran with it as hard and as far as possible with it. We’ve lost our perspective here and forgot to give a shit about our neighbors.

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u/[deleted] Jan 15 '22

I can hear Michael Douglas' delivery even though I haven't seen that movie in years!

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u/Sansabina Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

Didn't tipping in the US become prevalent because in the South at the end of the Civil War there was a lot of former slaves without employment or were poor tenant farmers with no money - so the rich hotel and restaurant owners allowed them to "work" at their establishments doing certain ancillary service jobs, like bellhops, etc. but refused to pay them a wage (they used to get their labor for free when they were slaves, I guess they couldn't bring themselves to pay them) - so no wages meant that instead they had to beg and hope to get tips from customers. And that's how it really caught on in the US... in the Northern states tipping was not typical until much later.