DEAR MISS MANNERS: Our friends and I seem split as to whether you should tip the owner of an establishment. Fifty percent of us feel it is all right to leave the owner a tip if they are working, and obviously visa versa for the other 50 percent. Does it make a difference whether it is a bar or an eating establishment? What if it is a combination of both?
GENTLE READER: Professional opinions on this issue are also split 50-50.
Miss Manners, along with the rest of the Etiquette Mavens' Council, believes that it is beneath the dignity of the owners of establishments to accept tips. The owners of establishments are quick to deny that their sense of dignity is so high that there is not plenty of room for money to be slapped on top of it.