I’d be interested to hear your philosophy of tipping, Peter. Tipping is just paying again for what you already paid for, and letting the corporation snooker you into paying the workers’ salaries, and yet I imagine you are a regular or even generous tipper.
The thing is, until that point I had been an irregular and not particularly generous tipper. That Oliver would imagine I was forced me to immediately change my behaviour, and since that time I’ve probably paid out 50-100% more in restaurant tips.
Earlier in the winter I ran into my friend Ann Thurlow at Timothy’s — it was one of those crazy post-Eurotravel mornings when I was getting up at 7:00 a.m. Ann sat down, we had a pleasant chat, and then when we stood up to leave Ann took her dishes to the back counter rather than leaving them on the table; I asked her why, and she said “oh, I always clean up my dishes at Timothy’s.” So, since that day I have always cleaned up my dishes at Timothy’s too.
On Friday afternoon my friend Cynthia Dunsford and I made a pilgrimage out to the Ellen’s Creek Plaza location of the Formosa Tea House for lunch. On the way out there in Cynthia’s car we had to stop at my house so I could run inside for a second. When I got back to the car I noticed that Cynthia had turned it off; when commented on this, she simply said “I don’t idle.”
So last night, waiting in the driveway to drive our babysitter home, I didn’t idle. It was a little chilly, but I made do.
We think it’s so hard to change the world, but, at least in my case, often a few well-placed words will do.