eheathThe consumer would foot the bill anyway...
Okay fine, well then dont make me do math at the end of my meal to figure out how much extra I need to pay anyway. I dont care if they raise the price so long as I dont have to calculate how I felt about what a server was like today... We dont do that for any other industry. I dont tip my banker, and theyre 'serving' me right? Why do we have to do it for the food and beverage industry? (and only certain sections of the food and beverage industry, at that)
Eliminate tipping as a means of base renumeration, and make it more like what it should be - additional gratuity for being exceptional.
I mean.. I worked service industry for a long time... and like any other job, servers and cooks, and bartenders.. we were just doing our job as we should do like anyone else in any other industry. Servers arent doing anything special or over the top just for you that they wouldnt do for the next customer.. I mean, look at the Retail industry... do you think that the service would be that much more exceptional if you had to tip your retail worker? I dunno.. I worked retail as well for a fucking long time and I never even considered doing a bad job just because I wasn't getting tipped out like I had as a bartender... I never even met someone coming over from bartending or whatever who complained about not getting tipped out and slacked off on work accordingly... and I usually was making no more or less than my food and bev industry counterparts...
I say take that extra 1.75 or 2$ Id have paid as tip on my 8$ meal and just raise the price to 9.75 or 10$... just 'include' the gratuity so I dont have to fuss with the shit at the end of the meal, and so I know exactly how much I need to pay before hand.
Tipping in sit-downs is basically like a hidden tax of sorts that I as the consumer have to figure out and pay at the end of my meal... or at the very least, a surprise amount. What kind of service is it to say 'this food is ¥6.95' in bright red letters on the menu, and then afterwards I have to monetarily judge this person on their service, all while they are wearing the uniform of the company. Its not like theyre some independent contractor in the middle here, theyre an employee. they should be treated like one.
note: I dont think we should eliminate tipping. I think its totally okay... It even happens elsewhere outside of the USA. You see tip jars in other countries too... the difference is, that they are ACTUAL gratuity jars, not 'youre paying the 15-20% of this meal that constitutes the wage of the employee who served you' jar... Its a pretty silly thing in a service industry to require a customer to make a judgement call on gratuity for the employees to make as much as they should.
Just make it easy on me as the consumer and them as the server... raise the prices accordingly, pay the employees as they deserve to be paid, and if someone wants to be some big shot tipper and toss a benjamin or even just the change back on their 20 to their bartender after a few good drinks on a friday night, then fuck yeah thats great. Thats how it all used to be... but now its morphed into some weird ass shit in America... to the point where some places even take advantage of the system to squeeze more money out of their customers by throwing a tip line down on the receipt that the POS system prints out... its a little ridiculous.
You wouldnt tip your mcdonalds worker... right? that would be kinda weird. So why isn't the opposite true where its weird to tip a worker in a Denny's? They should both be paid a living wage for an honest, hard days work either way... I just ask to not involve me or my judgement in how much someone takes home at the end of the day.. thats all.
At the end of the day, if Tipping made service workers more motivated to give good service, then America would be seen as some bastion of particularly incredible service world-wide... when really, its not any better than anywhere else, really. I'm with OP.