I just had a discussion with a brother in Derby (the UK).. they don't tip unless the service warrants it.. and even then it's only about 10%.
Here it seems that it's more like 20% if the service is great.. apparently the averages being 20% if good, 18% if average, 15% if poor.
I got news for you bub, I'm not paying you any tip if service was poor... but maybe my scale is different.
So the girl at McDonald's, who likely gives me better service than most local waiters gets no tip, but you come and take my order (like a parts person at a parts store), and now I'm supposed to give you more money in gratitude?
This is such a weird thing really. Whoever thought this was a good idea and made it customary is genius. I suspect he/she is/was a waiter.
The amount of time most waiters spend with me.. and the amount of fuckups there are.. I mean why ?
There's states in the US where people get paid $1.20/hr to bartend and rely heavily on tipping. Talk about a great business to get into? Let's go get some really cheap labour.. sell some ovepriced booze, and .. well step 3 is profit.