Past the tipping point? Survey finds most Americans say tipping is ‘out of control’

Experts note pushback against pandemic-era surge in tipping for fast food and casual dining

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CEI’s Sean Higgins is cited in an article on the Washington Times about tipping in American businesses:

Sean Higgins, an analyst at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, said the switch to digital screens with pre-loaded 18%, 20% and 25% gratuities has pressured diners to pay even more in recent years.

“It could be a psychological thing to make you give 18% instead of nothing,” Mr. Higgins said. “That’s an old marketing trick, to have more expensive options that make another look cheaper and more reasonable.”

Read the full article on the Washington Times.