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Kansas City Times, June 23, 1918. Read more.


  1. Wait, has the custom of tipping changed substantially since 1918? Because I thought you usually left a tip at the end of the meal. How were the waiters administering the poison if the guests paid, neglected to tip, and left?

    On another note, there is no custom of tipping in Finland. Gratuities are included in the price of the meal, and the staff is just paid a reasonable wage to begin with. The downside of this is that there is also almost no concept of customer service: why go out of your way to please the customer when you’re going to get paid the same no matter what you do?

  2. That’s exactly what I was thinking , Jackie of.Apparently there are many other sins besides non-tippage that a customer can commit.Is that what’s going on here? Or is the retribution for bad tips on previous visits?
    Plus , when one of these patrons left the establishment did the wait staff tell each other that they “taken a powder”?

  3. There are 2 possibilities here: 1) The staff expected to get tipped with each round or 2) they were exacting vengeance on stiffs foolish enough to come back a second time.

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