We don’t have time to tackle the whole issue here, but one thing is clear, especially in America: Somewhere along the line we have been convinced that people who fulfill their job duties deserve more than the salary they agreed to upon hiring. But only some of them. Not gas-station attendants, fast-food employees, trash collectors, or front desk clerks, but bell hops, waiters, and masseuses.
We wish we could overhaul the whole tipping culture in America to something that more closely resembles Europe, but for now, looks like we'll have to add another profession to the former list. While a nice gesture here and there is fine -- we are certainly guilty of handing out our shameless bribes in the past -- we don't like the precedent frequent tipping would set. If there's any concern about how fairly flight attendants are compensated, the discussion and solution should start and end with the airlines, not the consumers.
What say you? What are your thoughts on tipping flight attendants? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
[Photo: Virgin America]