I hate tipping and the whole practice of it in restaurants. Servers should just be paid a workable wage, and that's it.
And this is coming from a former long-time waiter.... I can totally understand though that when bad tippers regularly come in, people don't want them. I used to work in a steakhouse in Houston and we had two different customers who did the exact same thing on a regular basis. Eventually a staff revolt forced the manager to serve the table himself.
Agreed...I find the whole thing ridiculous and demeaning to the service folk and just plain wrong to expect that people have to tout for a living wage.
I am happy to live in a country where tipping is NOT expected, and service people are paid a decent wage.
One MAY tip. I do it for really good service, But there is no expectation.
When I worked as a waiter, I sometimes felt like throwing tips back at the customers, because they would be arseholes in their behaviour, and then do a big tip. Yecccchhhh!
I found it a major pain being in the US, because
a. It was so easy to forget the expected tip, especially where service sucked.
b. I can do arithmetic in my head pretty well, but I'm not trained to do percentages that fast!!!
c. It can lead to awful embarrassment, like the night I had to rush to the loo while I was in the middle of working out the bill!! I left the money out, with my friend supposedly watching it, and the waiter snaffled it ALL up!!! The "tip" would have been more than the cost of the entire meal, and we were short of money, so I had to go and get it back. You can imagine the contempt. I thought my wimp friend should have done it, as the waiter should have been stopped before he got away, but so it goes.
d. I think it outrageous that such a rich damn country won't pay decent goddam wages. Shame!