Originally Posted by nolo
What makes a tip a bribe? (Now this thread is getting interesting.)
I wonder what your doctor or lawyer would think if you slipped them some cash--tip or bribe? I think people in some professions would be somewhat insulted whereas people in other professions (e.g., ski instructors) would be flushed with pride.
sincere thanks, or seeing the impact of my services given, are reward enough for me and always have been.
my idealistic side would like to see a barter system implicate itself more strongly in our culture.
Master Yoda and I have a unique arrangement, he will discuss legal issues with me and avoid having to hire a lawyer for some of his questions, and that's my "payment" for his ski coaching. I don't imagine thinking of "malpractice" in his coaching and I would imagine it's not an issue for him discussing legal questions with me. most of his questions have been more to tap into my analytic lawyering mind and not oriented toward specific legal advice, so there really hasn't been any reason to consider whether there are professional ethical issues at risk.