I entered into a debate on tipping elsewhere a few years ago and got shot down pretty quickly!
So Im prepared!!!!
I guess I find it abhorrent that employers in the hospitality trade, as I am, do not pay their staff enough, are probably ( no, MUST be) collecting huge profits, and in some cases charging horrendous prices for their food, they then expect the patrons to put clothes on staff members backs. Would it not be great to see a sign in a restaurant stating that tips are not required unless you choose, as we pay our staff a good wage? Id bet that business would do a roaring trade.
Would be interesting to see who/when/why this trend began. And also, why it is mainly the food trade it involves. Hmmmm.
This situation is never going to change, I realise that, its just that I have problems getting my head around it. Having to add 15 to 20% more onto a food bill here in NZ would kill the trade.
Edited to add: I have just read the link above which has given me a bit of info on the history of tipping. Great link for this discussion!