I'm American and have lived overseas. In Japan, we were told that tipping was an insult to the servers. They are salaried professionals. The service we received was always excellent, which eliminates the ridiculous argument that tipping is the only reason servers give good service. I've had similar experience in Europe. Servers are professionals and treated as such, and they behave such. There is pretty much no abuse of servers by customers.
The US needs to move to a system where waiting tables is recognized as a real job. They should unionize, get benefits, and get paid minimum wage or higher. Management also needs to step up and make sure customers behave appropriately.
· 10 months ago