I have written before that I find the practice of tipping to be distasteful, since it seems to encourage servile behavior and has overtones of the master-servant relationship. Of course, I still tip 20% because the people doing those jobs are almost never paid a decent salary and need the tips to survive. But I wish that they were paid decent wages and benefits so that they were not dependent on tips to make a living.
I am told that in Japan tipping is non-existent so it can be done. So I was pleased to see that a restaurant in New York City (that serves Japanese cuisine) has done away with tipping altogether. The owners pay the staff a salary and expressly request customers to not tip.
In lieu of gratuity, Sushi Yasuda has increased the price of its (already pretty pricey) rolls, tacking on an additional 15% service charge.
“What our customers find is that they’re essentially paying the same,” Rosenberg told Bloomberg food critic Ryan Sutton, “maybe a touch less, because we’re a little more conservative about how we adjusted our prices.”
Though the move seems in-line with the longstanding European tradition of reducing the reliance on tips in order to provide the waitstaff with a living wage, Rosenberg says the servers at his restaurant have been “salaried from day one,” and even have a generous benefits package that includes vacation and paid sick days.
I hope everyone begins to do this.
The supermarket where I shop provides a service where you can leave the grocery cart with them and drive your car up to a door where someone will then load your bags into your car, saving you from carrying them to the car yourself or taking shopping carts out of the store and littering up the parking lot. There is a sign that says that tipping is neither required nor expected for this service
I must admit that it feels a little odd to not tip those employees because that kind of job is like that of a porter, that traditionally are tipped jobs in the US. But if everyone were paid a decent salary and benefits, it would stop feeling so strange.