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# Studies in restaurants show that the tips left by customers who pay th

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03 Dec 2017, 13:22
Option B seems to be a total weakener. Please explain.
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17 Dec 2017, 22:55
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Option B seems to be a total weakener. Please explain.

Notice the use of the word "tend": "Studies in restaurants show that the tips left by customers who pay their bill in cash tend to be larger when the bill is presented on a tray that bears a credit-card logo." So the psychologists are not suggesting that this tactic will ALWAYS work. It works in general, because it generally reminds people "that their spending power exceeds the cash they have immediately available."

If this hypothesis were true, then we would expect customers to tip LESS when they are reminded that their spending power is LESS than the cash they have immediately available, which would be the case if they were in credit card debt.

Although choice (B) presents a scenario that is the opposite of the one presented in the passage, both scenarios support the same theory, which is that being reminded of your spending power can impact how much you tip. Generally, this causes people to tip more because they are reminded that their spending power exceeds the cash they have. However, for people in credit card debt, this reminded causes people to tip less because they are reminded that they are in debt.

So if choice (B) is true, this suggests that the opposite scenario, as described by the psychologists in the passage, would also be true.

I hope that helps!
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