The thread on "bribing" the Maitre D' put a question in jfood's head. Just trying to gain some perspective.
There have been many posts over the years about how to handle the "extra" tip one gives a server for bringing a comped dessert as well as how much extra to give the local bartender for giving you free drinks. Now in each case there has almost always been unanimous consent that each deserve something.
Why is it then so unappetizing to many to give a MD a tip for providing something, i.e. a table, a nicer table, etc.? Now to those who will post "the person next in line is hurt" let me state before that flame war begins that jfood understands that but if jfood orders a chocolate cake dessert and pays $9 (plus 20% tip) total $10.80 and the table next to him gets the same dessert gratis and leaves $5 more as a tip, hasn't jfood been hurt in that scenario?
Jfood is just trying to understand why there is such a divergence on these two issues.