by: the Common Constitutionalist
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People do some pretty dopey things in the name of idealism. But this is America, where a private citizen or even a private business owner can be as dumb as they wish.
Danny Meyer, the mega-millionaire owner and founder of the popular chain of “Shake Shack” burger joints has decided that the wait staff at his 100 locations will no longer be allowed to accept tips for good service.
And why? Well, he says tipping is racist. Yes tipping was developed to skirt post-Civil War slavery laws, despite the fact it was in use in Europe well before the war.
He adds that black wait staff also are tipped below their white counterparts.
Meyer calls the tip, which is short for “To Insure Promptitude,” one of the biggest hoaxes ever pulled on an entire culture. You don’t see it in Asia, you don’t see it primarily in most European countries.” Ummm…yeah you do – maybe not in Japan, but certainly in Europe.
Still if Meyer wishes to use a socialist model for his restaurants, where outcomes are equal, regardless of performance, he’s welcome to do so. He’s welcome to remove the incentive for his employees to do a better job for their customers.
This got me to thinking. What else in America should be ceased, halted or eradicated because of racism, or at the very least developed or promoted by racists? Turns out – lots of things. read more