GRE ARGUMENT 199

TOPIC: ARGUMENT199 - There is a general idea that waiters and waitresses are more likely to receive larger gratuities from large groups of people. A recent research study suggests this is not true. The researchers examined the relationship between the size of tips in restaurants and the number of meals charged on the bill. They found that, while most tips were around 15 percent, the minimum percentage considered appropriate, people dining alone tipped consistently more (19 percent) and those dining in groups of four or more tipped considerably less (13 percent) than this 15 percent standard. These results strongly suggest that people dining in a group are less likely to feel personally responsible for leaving an adequate or generous tip.

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The author, in this material, draws the conclusion that people dining in a large group leave less tips than the people dining along, which show the people who dining in a group are less likely to feel personally responsible for leaving a generous tip. The argument is problematic in several aspects, thus render the argument unconvincing as it stands.

First of all, the author present absolutely no evidence that the people who dinging in groups of four or more are representative to all the people who dining in group, it is possible the people dining in smaller group of two or?three?tipped more than the people dining alone in term of the percentage of tips to number of meals charged. Thus the further conclusion the people dining in a group feel less responsible for leaving an adequate or generous tip is unpersuasive.

In addition, even if I were to concede that the people who dining in groups of four or more can represent all the people who dining in groups, the author fails to provide the numbers of the tips received from the people who eat along and the people dinging in group. The relationship between the size of tip in restaurants and the number of meals charged on the bill is not sufficient to show which tip is more generous. Perhaps, the people dining in groups spend far more than the people dinging along, thus they offer far more tips accordingly, though the percentage 13 percent is lower than percentage of tips the people dining along offered ,19 percent. Therefore, the author’s argument is weak when he merely considering these percentage.

Finally, even the author provide evidence that all the people dining alone are likely to give more tip than those who dinging in a group, it is insufficient to prove that the former feel more responsible for leaving an adequate or generous tip. There are perhaps some factors–rather?responsibility–contribute to their behavior. First, it is highly possible, they have bigger change. Generally, people who dining alone spend less than those dining in groups. The changes, which usually serve as tips, are bigger accordingly. Second, the reason lies in the service of waiter or waitress. They might provide better service for the people dining along while their service not satisfied the people in groups. The number of tips is just a way the customers express their dissatisfaction.?

In sum, to convince me that the people dining in a group are less likely to feel personally responsible for leaving an adequate or generous tip, the author need provide evidence the behavior of people dinging in groups of four or more?are representative to all the people dining in groups. And the author need to clearly present evidence the people dining along offer more tips in terms of number of tips. To better assess the argument, I need the evidence that the number of tips can reflect the responsibility

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