5: Etymology. Legend has it that "tip" stands for "to insure promptitude" and dates back to days when the phrase was included on boxes at restaurants that patrons would put a few coins in before meals in order to ensure good, fast service. Totally plausible! Completely incorrect.
4: Tipping the IRS. You can't tip a government employee. That's called a bribe.
3: Tipping. Tipping sucks because you feel obligated to tip, even if service wasn't great, which means you're rewarding someone for crappy service. Worse,
2: Working for Tips. Working for tips sucks even more because many people don't know that you only earn $2.13/hour (seriously) precisely because the government and your boss assume you'll receive tips. The people who don't know (or don't care) about the salary tend to be bad tippers (when they tip at all), leaving you earning below minimum wage. And dine-and-dashers? Yeah, that comes out of your barely existent salary.
1: Tip story. Someone who shall remain nameless (unless he confesses in the comments below) accompanied Kooz to "penny drink night" at a local dive bar in college. He walked up with a $5 bill and said he wanted to start a tab. (People usually gave $1 per drink even though the drinks cost 1 penny.) The best part: after drinking his fill (maybe 8 or 10 drinks) and Kooz doing the same on his dime--err, penny--he asked for his change! We were almost thrown out!
So remember, tip your waiter. Or don't. And don't get me started on whether or not (and if so, how much) to tip the plumber, door man, cabbie, or furniture delivery folks. This tipping thing is out of control! Anyway, share your thoughts on tipping below, and remember, if you'd like to see us cover anything, "like" our Facebook page and write on our wall!