It’s easy to be a writer criticizing food critics and the banality of today’s popular restaurants to bring up the whole “eh, tipping needs to end” argument. How easy it would be to just not tip your servers. Then we’ll force the restaurant owners to pay them better! No. We won’t get paid better. We will get minimum wage to the penny, which is less than I earn now. Also, if you stop tipping and make the servers pay go up to regular minimum wage do you know what will happen? Your food costs will skyrocket. Everything on the menu will triple in price. Sure you won’t have to tip, but that burger just cost you $29.99 and to add bacon will toss in another $5. You know why? Because, except for some little mom and pop places, the owners or restaurants are there to do one thing: PROFIT.
Yeah, it kind of sucks when societal pressure makes you tip at least 18%, but your meal cost would be a lot more expensive if you didn’t have to pay that server $5.