So, I don't think we've ever discussed tipping in this blog. Have we?
I crack myself up.
Of course we have. But today is different. Today we are going to have a calm, reasoned, rational and fact-based discussion on tipping because, while looking on the internet this week for something entirely different, I ran across "Beyond Gratitude and Gratuity: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Predictors of Restaurant Tipping" by Michael Lynn and Michael McCall.
Yessiree, I found an honest-to-goodness, 42-page research paper on tipping that was funded with a grant from the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University, a well-known institution of higher learning and the alma mater of Andy Bernard on the hit television show "The Office." And I read a lot of it, except for the parts like this:
"For each of the effects included in this meta-analysis we calculated two statistics – a correlation coefficient r that reflects the size of the effect and a z-score that reflects the statistical significance of the effect."
Let me save you, too, from having to read those parts and tell you that Lynn's and McCall's research found servers get bigger tips when they:
* Sell more food and drink (especially alcohol)