So many people are completely ignorant about business, it's frightening. If the guy doesn't make a profit, he may well not be there the next time you need him. And if he goes out of business, the 18 (or whatever) people he's "inspiring" that are watching his success may well decide NOT to open theirs if he fails... yeah maybe you're "slight indescretion" won't be the sole cause of it, but with profit margins so tight to begin with at most places these days, give him what he's due. Contrary to whatever the gov'mint is trying to spin, businesses and profit are not evil just because the government doesn't own them. ...yet. So yeah, pay the man.
"...a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason." Thomas Paine