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Author Topic: When did the idea of tipping the waiter first start in England?  (Read 614 times)

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Don't get me wrong, I like tipping the waiter if the service was good enough to deserve a decent tip and to say thanks, and if I like the waiter.

But it always makes me wonder - How old is the tradition of leaving a tip for the waiter? When did tipping first start in England?
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Re: When did the idea of tipping the waiter first start in England?
« Reply #1 on: 04 December, 2017, 01:55:10 PM »
There's some suggestion that it originated in the 17th century in coffee houses, when a gratuity was paid 'to insure promptitude', although this may just be an urban myth that has been circulated until it became 'fact', particularly as there are more US-based sources for this information than domestic ones. 
http://uk.businessinsider.com/history-of-tipping-2015-10

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Re: When did the idea of tipping the waiter first start in England?
« Reply #2 on: 04 December, 2017, 02:17:41 PM »
There's some suggestion that it originated in the 17th century in coffee houses, when a gratuity was paid 'to insure promptitude', although this may just be an urban myth that has been circulated until it became 'fact', particularly as there are more US-based sources for this information than domestic ones. 
http://uk.businessinsider.com/history-of-tipping-2015-10

So, tipping started way back in the 1600s? Thanks Duff - very interesting link. And I had thought it was a much more recent phenomenon - Edwardian or Victorian days at the earliest.  Just shows how wrong I can be when I really try!
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