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Social Norms in "Reservoir Dogs"

by Charity-Joy Acchiardo

In this opening scene from Tarantino’s 1992 film “Reservoir Dogs”, Mr. Pink refuses to contribute a dollar for tips. “I don’t believe in it”, he argues. “I don’t tip because society says I have to”. He then goes on to make a logical case against tipping. In so doing, he is refusing to act in line with a social norm that is the behavioral expectations within a group of people. He acts rationally, in line with the predictions of standard economic theory.

Social Norms in "Reservoir Dogs"

Mr. Pink refuses to contribute a dollar for tips, making a logical case against tipping. In so doing, he is refusing to act in line with a social norm but acts rationally, in line with the predictions of standard economic theory.

from Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Creator: Quentin Tarantino
Distributor: Miramax Films
Posted by Charity-Joy Acchiardo
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