Friday 26 September 2014

BBC News - Historical letter 'first to suggest tipping'

More on this story....: "A British Library researcher claims to have discovered the first person to suggest the practice of adding service charges to hotel and restaurant bills.

Rona Levin said it was put forward in 1768 in a letter to The London Magazine or Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer.

Signed RW, it said he was fed up with being badgered for tips by the entire staff every time he stopped at an inn.

Ms Levin is the editor of a book of two centuries of human interest stories from the library's newspaper archive."

Restaurant bill and coins