When tips were the "Tribute of shame and the wage of shame"
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As waiters in London protest about their employers sticky fingering their hard earned tips it transpires that they didn't always feel that way. The New York Times article (above) from 1906 reveals that waiters at the turn of the last century protested to their Member of Parliament about the tipping system. My favourite line is that one near the bottom which quotes one speaker as saying "tipping degraded the man that gave and the man who received."
Eh let me clarify my position,
DEGRADE ME, DEGRADE ME LIKE THE BAD LITTLE PUPPY I AM.