Posted July 2nd, 2009, 12:09 PM
I only tip when I feel I've been given service above and beyond the job description. If your job is to serve me coffee and that's what you do, then no tip. ... So I never tip for a job half done. My husband works hard for our money and I would be silly to give it to someone for a job they are already getting paid to do....
There is a great deal of truth in what you say. However, you do have to remember that in certain occupations, tipping is expected and is considered part of their income. While servers at a coffee shop might be paid minimum wage, it is actually true that servers in some fine restaurants actually pay the headwaiter for letting them work for tips.
Many people in tourist businesses are in the category of expecting much of their income in the form of tips. This is actually a boon to the passengers, if you think of it properly. Instead of paying a bus driver an extra $5 per passenger, and then adding that charge plus overhead plus profit to the cost of the tour, making the tour price maybe $8 more, the business instead lets US, the passengers, decide how much the driver should be paid. As I noted above, this results in people who really give good service making good money and staying around, while the surly, unresponsive, or unhappy ones get poor tips and quit in disgust. This works greatly to OUR benefit and is really a very good system.
Of course, this means that the people who say, "I don't pay somebody else's employees for doing their job!" and then cheap out on the tip are getting a free ride at my expense. I accept that as a price I pay for having the advantages of this excellent system. In spite of them it works very well.
Again, as I said above, it ONLY works if we really reward good service and do not feel that we HAVE to tip a certain amount or percentage of the price.