Tipping has come under attack in recent months. Since the early days of hospitality, American diners have offered gratuities to servers in restaurants. These days, tips usually reflect from 10 percent to 20 percent of a bill, generating an annual total of about $42 billion at full-service restaurants alone, according to one economist’s estimate. But many are now questioning the wisdom of tipping altogether. In recent weeks the practice has been debated by several high-profile ...

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