Had lunch today with a few students from my program. We talked for a while about the effects of the recession on Irish culture. Two that wait tables at restaurants in Galway said they’ve noticed that tips have gone up significantly in the last few months. In other words, people are giving away more to their waiters and waitresses at a time when they have less disposable cash generally. Of course my classmates’ research is anecdotal and can’t be generalized. But, even so, I thought this said something about human nature…could it be that people here have an intuitive sense that workers in the service industry could use a little more support in these tough times? I don’t know, but its a nice thought. Maybe there’s hope for this hapless lot called humanity after all…

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