If I had my way, we’d take this idea to its logical conclusion and get rid of the practice of tipping altogether. Just outlaw it. Here’s why:
1. People don’t even understand what a tip is
If you are of the belief that a tip is an optional kindness you’re doing for your server, you might be surprised to hear that you are not in France. Here in America, the practice is voluntary only in the legal sense of the word. You are not technically stealing if you don’t tip the customary 15 to 20 percent, but that’s probably the best that can be said of you. The tip you pay is a sort of wage: federal law allows tips to be used to make up the difference between a server’s salary and minimum wage, meaning they can make as little as $2 to $3 per hour from their restaurant employer. Tips are absolutely depended upon to make up the shortfall.
When you leave a bad tip, you are docking a person’s wages. This may either be because you’re confused about what’s expected or because you’re an asshole, and you really believe that your sea bass arriving lukewarm is justly punishable by making it a little harder for the guy who brought it to you to pay his rent.
I absolutely agree with this. It should be part of the bill, and being a waiter should just be another service job like being a doctor or a flight attendant or nurse.
Remember, it’s not illegal to give people money. So if you like tipping waiters for good service, start tipping everyone who serves you as well. Again, doctors, hotel receptionists, etc.
If that sounds silly, then let’s just pay waiters what they should be paid in the first place. I’d much rather pay the higher bill and know the person has a steady check every month.