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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 14, 1907)

Coxey, Willard D.
Is tipping fad a necessary evil?,   p. [5]

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Published at 87 SouthClark Street , Chicago, by THE SHOIIIIlORLD Pablishing Co.
Entered as Second -Class Matter  WARRENA- PA TR/CK, GENERAL DIRECTOR at the Post-Office at ChicaJ6,111inois,
June 25,1907                                             under the Act of Congress ofMarch3,1879.
Volume I-No. 12.
September 14, 1907
Stipin  no  iiil?
It Ih peniis altogether  upon    olr
If yr1 ae lthfexllv e tro lay to '"put
:11,'-arid iiit rrp'" repeatediy-yoi wviii
cobabib say it is.
Tao to saye   0u will go further and
insist that it is the most pestiferous an-
noyance that recent years has thrust
upon the public.
If you belong to the other class you
Will have rio hesitation in declaring that
tipinig is defensible on the ground of
necessity, and that xithout the niiirl
tip thle barbe r, the wvaiter anrd otlwrs
who coei  in intimat  cillio t witlh Il
piblie could not subsist.
This may be so.
But whose fault is it.'
Srurely, not the pulii-s.
The enirioer's?
Ask 1inor.
ills antiwer-if he w-as honest ---Would
l',  worth  tirinltiig.
In New York City, in tire vicinity of
F'rty-selold and11  Broadway, thr'e is a
popurllar and wetlI-patroiize-d Unirrer sh )p.
What a Barber Thinks.
The i hrhriS arte Zil sl-ittId Iln-
i-ntI, dlxtrous, IffarbrI.
The pations are Itots, the-trii-al Irian-
agets, oftice irenr, gamrblers-mttent  whri-
are accustomed to tipping and who wx' ul i
-ill a man a  "shine"   who forgot t
Se" the barber.
'Donr't you honestly consider the tiI'-
ping systerni an abomtination?" I said I
'ine of these  barbers-xwouldn't     y.u
riather be paid a good salary   arvrd tiii1
look to your patrons for tips'?"
The answer w'as eipiatic.
"No man can    constantly accept tips
without losing his self-respect," ie said.
"But-what can we do? The men it thiis
shop are paid $12 per week, and out of
that the  are expected to pury for their
''wn lauri  I- ar -clean    clothinig, Ire-
sent a Irll-dressed aplairance. and, inl
a nuiber of cases, Support a     faii.\.
Without the till xxe   would Siatari  to
"And the owner of the shop?"
"Oh," xwith a peculiar smile, "I gue-ss
lie isn't losing anything."
The san- -oindition prevails to a grent
'-xtent riiuntr tihe hotel waiters.
''How imiuch are You paid?" I ask>d
anegro waiter at the Boody Hocse in To-
"Twetrty dollars a month in winter and
ircenty-five in summer.''
"Yes, sar."
"How do you do it?"
"Tips-and they ain't always plentiful."
"Why don't you    go   to  some   other
"Lawdy, boss, dey ain't no use doin'
that-dis is  de  best payin' hotel     in
' io."
Established on Continent.
The tipping "habit" in America is of
orparatively recent growth.
We used to laugh at the stories that
filteredarosathe oceanof the thousand
rild onexxways that foreigners had of re-
lieving Aniericans  of their  money    by
iilbtit never-ceasing-tips.
Tripping, in fact, was universally re-
d to as aEuropean "evil"-an "evil"
ite torrid never take root in free and
Milpenden t America.
L YOU can't look cross-eyed at a man in
irtidon Ivithout paying for it" was a
nirrtrion expression,
'er sane thing  wvas said to be true
the Cntinent-only more so.
oris miiht be all right for Europe-
u   o ioverty-stricken,   down-trodden
lope  whet- inel rot only receix'ed
~'O ill IiitI,i tiltu-d rus-rtii
'1laces, buit litual lItl       lii'  Iris-
Noted Story Man for the Barnum & Bailey Circus Voices
Some Timely and Pertinent Commentslon the Rapid
Growth of the System in the United States and Europe.
ilg, of ,oing in contact with the tip-  Y I are a nrkrLr-d man, and hence-
intlg  publi .                    firward youl  -aii get neither  service  nor
But in Armerica-fre,, pioperous, l-  ttention.
restpecting Arerica-ver           A friend of imine, wtho spends consid-
One of the aost conspicuous figures in American jourtralism aid tire amuse-
ment world is Willard D. Coxey, the "story nian" of Barnum & Bailey's show.
He was corrnected with the Chicago press for tiree years and for nine years lie
acted as contracting agent for Ringling Bros.' show. He is author of several
books in blank verse and is proprietor of the now famous Coxey's Magazine
and a bright newspaper published at Maywood, Ill. His views on the tipping
evil printed herewith are philosophical and timely.
The very suggestion of such a thing
would have been an irisult.
Americans were too proud ever to be-
coe a race of tip-takers.
Things have changed, however.
Lamentably changed.
Today there is no such thing as doing
a favor for a man.
You cars get nothing, from the ice
water that tire bell boy carries to your
room at the hotel to the information you
ask from a laborer that isn't given with
the expectation of a tip.
And if you fail to tip the bell-boy-
If yocr manage to escape from a hotel
dining room or a cafe without "remem-
bering" the waiter-
If YocU  escape  the  cloth-destroying
whisk broom of the Puliman car porter-
If  th  elevint'r Iiy  isn't  ''fixed'  wix'li
ilr ub\rit-  i--i  itniht  jus  us
%\ ll  i o  n  d,-e rt  islin'd.
erable time in England, te'ls this char-
acteristic story of his departure from an
English hotel at the time of his first
visit to Lon'don.
Th es tory day be old and more or less
reminiscent, but it fits the case.
"As I was coming out of my room
after the porter had takes ny luggage,
l-ie sa id, "I saw the chambsermiaid s tand -
ing in the hall. She looked at me so
appealingly that I gave her a shilling.
Going down tire 'lift' the boy was so
friendly and solicitous that I gave him
six-pence. At the office floor I found
'boots' waiting for me and I gave him
a tip. The porter had dropped my lug-
gage, and I tipped him. Another boy
picked it cdp and carried it out to the
coupe, and of course I had to tip him,
The boy who opened the door reminded
me that lie had been doing the same
thing for me for a week, and I tipped
'' had climbed into the coupe, and
ds  justing Iny traps, when I chancedt
to se a dieminutiv. youth, in uniform,
bowing and scrping like the manager
or a country circtiS.
me?'And what on earth did you do for
m e?' I asked this late corner.
" 'H'oh, nothink, sir-h'oh, nothink,'
was the unabashed answer. 'Hi h'only
wanted to give myself the plisire of
seeink' you hoff, sir.'
"That fellow got six-pence-and then I
Rang Be!l for Tips.
That story sounrds like ir exaggera-
lion,  but  it  isn't.
I saw it duplicated in London.
I experienced san   lehing of the samn
sort in Paris.
when I was I-tig tre principal hotel
in Berlin I rrm1 Xillincg to swear that
"erjre one rang a hell and every man,
woian and child in the hotel thatI had
One Iin contact with was, lbY seemin
imagic, lined rip to hi1 rrre adieu-and lir-
-identally  get  a  tip.
And if the sarIme thing isn't daily en-
rited in Armerica, ir a thousand differ-
-nt hotels, it is simply  because the
-hlitd Itelp" dOesn't wait tuntil you are
Ived  to l    hv', but takes it away front
ou inr inrstalli-jIts littng your entire
-tay  at the  loistelry..
As  I  have, alread.:  intimiated,  the(  pri-
inutry lesIponlsililty fIo  tire growth oII
tipping in Amerija is inalequate pay.
But tilw tipping systemlj lis groxwi with
iuch stridcs that the tips in rany places
for surpats the most munificent salary
tht the rort ben(v >.rrt employer could
ifOrd to pay.
There are hotels ill Ni  York City, in
t'iciiiago, in Wasinton. !i Philadelphia
.  in  fact, in  every  lig  (ity  in  the  United
States. w her men pay for tire privilege
of being in a position where they rianr
exact tips fro  the puli.
One of the swellest cafes in New York
- -and, by ile way, one of the most profit-
able-is owned and ianaged b l\ a mian
who made a fortune out of tips at an-
other fashionable restaulant.
Keller and the Waiter.
Broadway gossips tell tilts story of
The famous magician had taken Jrich
ini the cafe of a well-known Broadway
The lill amounted to 83 cents.
lipipening to have I dolitar bill hiandy,
Nelier gave it to tire wvaiter.
"Keep the change," ie said.
The waiter drew    himself up indig-
"We don't take fifteen-cent tips here,"
ie said.
Then Keller said things-and the way
he can say them is known to his friends
as well as ils enemies.
At tire finish the waiter was looking
for another job.
The story, however, illustrates   the
point that tipping has reached in the
United States.
The recipients are no longer grateful
for what they get.
There are no "thank you's" for tire
luckless man who tenders less than the
amount fixed by the unwritten law of the
TWill the tipping system in America
continue to grow, or will the public get
tired and rebuke it?
The feeling of antagonism against the
"tip" is undoubtedly growing.
It is not that men are instinctively
That is a characteristic that is not
common to Americans.
But they dislike to pay a double price
for anything.
And there are times when tipping the
man wio waits upon you is like making
ilm a present to mistreat you.

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