Yes, there are the occasional stories about someone winning the lottery and “tipping” their waitress $10,000. But that’s not a tip. That’s a GIFT. And giving people gifts is at anyone’s discretion. But as this article points out, tipping is not a gift and is entirely unfair to all involved.
I lived on tips for years. I’m a compulsive over-tipper because of it… And I’ve got no general problem with giving a little extra for those rare occasions when things were spectacular or someone does you a true favor.
Seamless includes tips, but still singles them out. Uber has nixed the tip altogether. If my Uber driver gets me where I’m going with a level of style, aplomb, or above-and-beyond service, damn straight they’re getting a tip.
But paying people less so that everybody else has to complete their salary? We’re beyond the necessity of this hollow transaction.