Originally Posted by dexters
I have to agree. It is getting out of hand in the USA.
I agree it's gone to far in some situations. Tipping in my mind is for work above and beyond the minimum duties required to remain employed. I often see tip jars at counter service restaurants. You walk to the counter, order a sandwich and a drink. The person behind the counter makes the sandwich, hands it to you along with a cup to get your own self service drink, then looks disgusted when you don't leave a tip equal to the value of the meal you ordered.
I recently read some of the fast food restaurants are trying to implement to fully automated ordering, cooking, and serving systems. For about $35,000.00 they can buy an automated system that stores, cooks, and serves French fries. It doesn't get paid $15.00 per hour, overtime, need sick days, family time off, or health insurance.
I have no idea whether or not it will work, or whether it will be accepted by the customers. Just the fact that they are interested in it does not bode well for those demanding higher wages for minimum skill jobs.