WHOM TO TIP WHAT'
After ten years of nearly continuous travel, I've come to regard tipping as an institutionalized annoyance rather than a custom in the usual sense. Like most travelers I know, though, I con-tinue to tip and continue to grumble about it. The grumbling lets off steam about constantly having to give small bribes for bad service. Let me voice a few of my more recent grumbles now, and get them out of tile way.
In Berlin, I had to ransom a single suitcase (that I was perfectly able to carry myself) four times between air-port and hotel—once from a porter, once from a busman who placed it in a
By Arthur Whitman rack and took it off, once from a door-
man and once from a bellhop. In restaurants I always hate having to lent coathooks—not even hangers!—by the minute. And, for heaven's sake, was I really supposed to tip the high priced hotel barber in New Orleans who ignored all my instructions and sheared me like a sheep in seven min-utes Hat? I hope not, because 1 didn't. —Okay, I feel better. Let's get on with our business.
Surveys on tipping prove just about
everything, Some that service employ-ees love the system, others that they hate it. Service employers say they don't like it, but that it's necessary be-cause they can't otherwise afford to pay all the help they need. Customers almost always think it should be done away with, and Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wash-ington have all tried to do just that by making tips illegal at one time or an-other. Nothing came of the attempts,
Arthur Whitman, a freelance writer of books and magazine articles-, estimates that he has traveled 750,000 miles in the past 10 years on his research and writing trips, leaving a trail of tips behind him. His articles have appeared in dozens of American magazines, and he writes regularly for 25 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Whitman wrote 4 this article especially for H&S Reports.