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"Announce your tipping practice to your server as soon as you sit down. Virtually every other employee in America knows how much they'll be paid up front, and somehow the man who sells me shoes and the woman who does my dry cleaning still manage to provide adequate service. I have no doubt waiters and waitresses are the same."

— Brian Palmer, "chief explainer" columnist for Slate.com, in an op-ed arguing for the end of restaurant tipping, calling it a "repugnant custom" that's "bad for consumers and terrible for workers."

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