War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. - John Stuart Mill
Well, it depends on what you mean....level, or percent? There are multiple ways of looking at it and several explanations. I really doubt you've done any kind of real analysis on changes of percent tip or changing buying habits resulting in same or lower total bill. You've made it clear, boasted even, that you don't understand Theory and you don't deal with the money. So at best your casual biased observations don't trump decades of study on how people act and react.Tips only go up when dish prices are raised when there is a booming economy.
you weren't. Seriously,Because I don't like being interrogated.
Therefore, since the world has still/Much good, but much less good than ill,
And while the sun and moon endure/Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure,
I'd face it as a wise man would,/And train for ill and not for good.
I'm sort of mixed about this. I see both sides. I guess if they would rather have it another way, then they would fight for it. I do loathe tip jars and mandatory gratuities though. Tips should always be voluntary and given for service, not just taking an order from you.
Now, the people that I kinda feel bad for are those that work at the commissary bagging for tips. I'm not sure if civilians with no military connection are aware of this, but our baggers work for tips only. They don't get paid a wage at all. Plus, they have to pay a "head bagger" a set amount per shift they work (around $5). I think I may be one of the more generous customers, looking at some comments I have seen, but this is how it works. They bag your groceries just like regular baggers and even push your cart to your car (normally when my husband is with me or if I only have one cart, I just tell them I'll take my own). There are normally 2-3 baggers working each open lane. I usually give $3-$5 for bagging only, and $5-$8 for pushing the cart/loading the car (I shop at the commissary for 3-4 weeks of food at a time normally). From what I have heard, the normal rate is actually about $2-$5 for everything, some giving a $1, especially for just bagging, or nothing at all (this does explain why the last bagger I had was so surprised and just about hugged me for a $7/$8 tip). There are definitely times, particularly just before paydays or on weekdays that they could easily make less than minimum wage. If they see less than 3 people in an hour and only average 2-3 dollars per customer, that is definitely less than CA min. wage.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.