you give a reasonable arguement instead of others accusing me of this & that and to be honest if they knew my past they would wonder why & how I am arguing against the tip culture. Maybe it was because I was ripped off when drunk many a night when a check was presented to me, I paid by credit card and signed for a tip of 20 to 50% or higher (depending on how good looking she was) not realizing that the little cutie had the code to hit the automatic 18%added to the check for parties larger than 6 (normally I was by myself) before the credit card was run.
So a $50 tab was brought to me which showed a total of $59 and I would round it up to at least $75.
I was a soft touch & paid many a young girl's rent, utility bill or even in one case for one waitress to leave town to get away from the drug culture she was in. Never dated her but did it because I am arguementative and do not like lazy Captains
. Got a letter years later thanking me along with a photo of her family.
In my bar / restuarant I stopped the tips but doubled the salary and put them all on benefits. Same staff for years.
On my boat, the crew worked hard and again I paid them about 30% above the average on a yearly salary.
When I have chartered my yacht I charge a flat fee, about $3,000 per week above average (if there is such a thing as average) for the size of yacht but no extra's and no tipping.
Bistro restuarant last week, young waitress nearly in tears due to slow night and the need to have her car repaired, my tab was $530 and the total paid was $800, she is back driving and smiling and I know I can as usual get a table any time I want in that place.
What a shame her basic salary was not high enough to pay the repair biil herself.
So please I do not need to be lectured about tips, charterers or told that the charter contracts are different between Florida and the US.