Originally Posted by Strandly
Yeah it's quite stupid actually. All it does is push the service person's wage onto the customer, regardless of how well they actually perform, since many people feel obligated to make up the gap. I have stopped eating out at restaurants almost entirely because of the tip nonsense. Which brings up another point... a cart girl doesn't even really do anything to earn a tip. They don't mix your drink or make your sandwich.. why are they even getting a tip? Because they're a rolling vending machine? Who tips a vending machine? Yeah I'm kidding a little bit but I'm mostly serious.
You really believe this crap you're spouting? If they pay the cart girl more, then they are just going to charge more for the golf. It's not going to change the bottom line. It's a lot more fair if those who use the service that the beverage cart provides pay a bit extra for that convenience by tipping for good service.
Not going to restaurants so you can avoid tipping. Boy, now you are really punishing them.... oh, wait - you're only punishing yourself. Good move dude - real genius.
Tipping has been a standard policy practically forever. I always tip, but I do adjust the tip to reward particularly good service, or to make a statement for particularly bad service. Not tipping at all makes the server just think you're a jerk. Deliberately leaving a 5% tip sends a message if the server has any brains at all. I do dislike the establishments that pool all of the tips together and divide them equally, because that defeats the original purpose of tipping.