Australia’s tipping point

Tipping might one day become entrenched in Australia’s drinking and dining experience as it has in America.

Research found that a deregulating labour market in the early 1900s resulted in tipping becoming a necessity for waiters and bartenders in America. If Australia continues down a path of deregulation, then tipping will also be needed here to top-up the dwindling wages of hospitality staff.

The study found that people tip for a number of reasons, including social obligation, to underscore personal relationships, and to display financial standing.

Read more at The University of Melbourne