Starbucks' Tip Dilemma: Update

Last Updated Mar 27, 2008 1:20 PM EDT

Our poll on whether or not it was acceptable for Starbucks to share its tip pool with supervisors generated some interesting comments, including several from a reader named Robert Chenault. While this poll was not about frivolous lawsuits brought by money-hungry attorneys or the integrity of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz - which Chenault derided and defended, respectively - he did ask a question that I found interesting enough to turn into its own sub-poll.[poll id=29]Got an opinion on this? Is this a valid question? Does the Starbucks tip issue have anything to do with lawyers or the integrity of the CEO? Tell us in the comments section.
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