Yep, that’s a serious question. Hear me out. I’m disgusted by the tip culture in the US, where you’re typically expected to tip when an employee is merely doing their job. I think most of us can agree that it’s out of hand. But this does raise a question: why the heck aren’t we expected to tip flight attendants? They take care of us for hours at a time, serve us meals (up front or on longhauls), constantly top off drinks, answer our questions, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy we don’t have to because I’d be broke, but I just don’t get it. Some people tip hotel maids for cleaning their rooms (even though they never come in contact with them), while they don’t tip someone that takes care of them for 16 hours.
This is certainly one way to weed out the bad apples and reward those that do a good job.