Also, agreeing that whether or not as an individual we chose to stiff a waitstaff person has no bearing on what will come down the line re legislation.
Yes, I see where someday people in certain jobs that depend on tips will instead have their hourly rate raised. But will it be raised enough? Again, that's another story.
Perhaps it feels different looking at in from another country. People in the U.S. (well, most people) do realize that a change in the system must take place. But we're also aware that if someone as an individual just says "I'm going to just stop tipping", it's not going to make change come any quicker. More importantly, it just makes you a cheap bastard, and hurts the person who just took care of you.
There's no magic wand that can be waved where suddenly 90% of restaurant goers say "I'm going to stop tipping, and that means next week all waitstaff will be awarded with a higher wage"
First the solution must be implemented, then the "problem" can go away. To think otherwise is naive.
It's not a Catch 22. It's not as if lawmakers are saying "Why should we change this, people are already tipping"
Believe it or not, there is a process in the U.S. for changing things like this. Unfortunately it can be a long process. So not tipping someone today will do nothing but short change them today.
There's the world that can be, and the world as it it. We can work toward the former, but have to live in the latter.