The Tipping Paradox

Yesterday, at a Starbucks, I wondered if I had lifted tipping totals when I gave the barista a $5 bill. Actually, when I said I wanted to give her $1, she placed the five in the tip jar, pulled four singles out, and gave me my change. But still, I wondered if other coffee drinkers might have seen the five and been inspired to leave more. Not necessarily. According to a totally unscientific study described in WSJ, “seeding” the tip jar could be more effective. It needs to look filled with dollar bills for people to want to add more. ….[READ]