So we are in agreement then. It is hereby resolved that:
1. Bars, restaurants, pizza shops, barbers, dive shops should raise their prices so they can afford to pay a wage appropriate to the position and market;
2. Bartenders, waiters, delivery boys, barbers, DMs, etc. should be paid an appropriate wage based on the market rate;
3. No tipping or adding on of a service charge is allowed;
4. If Americans or anyone else tries to tip someone, they will be arrested for bribery;
5. If the bartenders, waiters, delivery boys, barbers, DMs, etc. don't like their new market wage (which may not be much higher), they should quit their profession and go back to law school; and
6. Further mention or discussion of tipping on forums should be banned.
Did I miss anything?
In a perfect world where everyone provides 100% effort, every time, providing a service, there would be absolutely no reason to tip. The world is not that way, in any country, or any culture. We all know that service can vary from poor, to adequate, to exceptional. I like the fact that as a consumer I can have some input into the overall reward (salary plus tip) that a service provider receives. Sure one can argue that boat owners should pay better, or better yet provide profit sharing plans, but they don't.
And I have been in countries where initially a tip was declined, but when I persisted, it's always been graciously accepted.
Another thing, I'm amazed at all these holier than thou threads going on, whether it's tipping, underwater photo licenses etc If you want to tip, tip - if you don't, don't.
Edited by loftus, 07 January 2008 - 05:17 AM.
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