RUSSIA: The Old Tribute

Tip. A special form of wages, a survival of serfdom days when the lord, pleased with his servant, gave him a reward of money.—The Soviet Encyclopedia

The decadent old capitalist custom of tipping is on the rise in the increasingly class-conscious Communist society that Nikita Khrushchev is building. Though what are called chaevye (literally: "for tea") gratuities may still be refused in the provinces, Moscow is full of waiters, doormen, taxi drivers, barbers, grocery delivery girls and manicurists who do not spurn, but come to expect and even to exact the servant's...

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