Pete Biro said:
someone did a TV documentary on tipping and they found that blacks were the worst... it is possible that is why that cabbies act the way they do...
Pete, to quote Eddie Murphy, "I come from a predominantly black family."
This is kind of a chicken-and-egg situation. Black folk are extra-sensitive to sleights (the non-magical kind) in service and delivery. This is due to the fact that for many, one could never tell whether your food came slow or you got the crappy room in the hotel or whatever, because of bad luck, general crappy service ... or discrimination. But there's enough historical evidence to show many times it was (c). Thus, if it even seems
like there has been a sleight -- the tip reflects it.
On the other side of the coin, I've had fairly militant black female friends who worked in restaurants and said black people tip her
poorly. For this, I have no explanation.
I personally have had better luck catching cabs in New York than any other city in America. I can't catch one in my own city of Baltimore. When I worked at the White House I could only catch one there if I was in a suit. When my father came out of the Old Executive Office Building after briefing the vice-president in 1989, he couldn't catch one. And this in DC, where many cabbies are immigrant black Africans. Draw your own conclusions.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled magic discussion.
brian :cool: <---I'm actually just a little
darker than this....