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Which Airline CEO Would You Tip?

Which Airline CEO Would You Tip?
Jennifer Billock

What do you think—waste of money, or no? Fans of athletes and actors have been sending them small amounts of money on Venmo as a token of their appreciation or even as just a joke—but some are warning that it might be illegal and against Venmo’s terms of service for gambling payments and pay-for-play schemes.

There’s a weird new money trend popping up around the country: Venmo users are paying tips to athletes and celebrities through the app. The search function makes it easy to find a celebrity’s account, and then it’s just a few taps to payment. Most transactions are only for a few cents—a number of users have send John Graham from The Bachelor two cents—but some reach up several dollars, like the $8 Venmo user Frederico Prian sent Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after every win.

And though the payments are meant to be a silly joke or a tip, some lawyers are warning that it might be considered gambling or pay-for-performance and could actually violate Venmo’s rules.

“Sending money through Venmo for gambling purposes is most likely illegal on a state-by-state basis and also violates Venmo’s terms of service,” Jeremy Evans, managing attorney at law firm California Sports Lawyer, told CNBC. “We can take that a step further and say that such payment for performance, if not necessarily gambling, most certainly violates the regulations of the various players associations and professional sports leagues as to impropriety and pay for performance schemes.”

Even if the payments are considered a gift, Evans told CNBC, that could still come with legal ramifications.

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View Comments (6)


  1. fotographer

    January 24, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Ok, not really understanding what this has to do with Airline CEO’s

  2. ilcannone

    January 24, 2019 at 10:26 am

    1) Drop the whole tipping subject once and for all
    2) If we’re going to talk about it, why on earth should anyone even contemplate tipping some of the richest people out there when others struggle to make ends meet without a guarantee of income?
    3) Useless article.

  3. Fine Art Landscape Photographer

    January 24, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I would not give a monetary tip but would provide a tip that will be a piece of advice ;)

  4. htb

    January 29, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I wouldn’t tip. I believe airlines should pay their CEOs a living wage and not make then dependent on tips. If they don’t do a good job, fire them. That should be sufficient incentive!

  5. Boggie Dog

    January 30, 2019 at 11:26 am

    If the CEO’s only source of income was from tips perhaps they would be more considerate of passengers.

  6. SportDiver

    February 20, 2019 at 10:38 am

    An attorney friend thinks that all US airline CEOs should be locked up in a maxi-max prison for their extreme corporate greed and shafting the American public. In some countries of the world, they would be fortunate to escape with their lives. Tipping is not a city in China.

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