[HR][/HR]If you go through all of the reasons why people justify the system we have for tipping certain people but not others, it really boils down to complete and utter nonsense. So why then do you otherwise smart people completely ignore your own common sense and logic when it comes to this subject? I have solved this riddle and will share it with you shortly. First, as Chris Rock would say, let's cut the fucking bullshit: ".... but.... but... they don't make minimum wage" I worked as a server throughout my entire college and graduate school years, never once did I end a shift where I didn't make well over minimum wage, even on slow days. Plus in many states, including California, they actually do make minimum wage, plus their tips. Read that again. 40 million Californians adding gratuity "because they don't make minimum wage" when in fact, they receive the highest minimum wage in the country. AND... even in those states where they are paid the $2.13/hour minimum, bars and restaurants are required to pay at least minimum wage. Let's say there is a storm and not one customer shows up... the employer, by law, must make up the difference. Also, even if it were true (and it never is), how does this become the customer's issue? This is the job they agreed to do, right? Like everyone else, they can improve their job skills, they can demand better compensation, they can unionize, etc. Yet, in your mind, this (non-existent) issue becomes the customer's burden to fix. So incredibly odd. "... but .... but.... they provide a personal service" Now that we know they never (ever) make less than minimum wage, let's look at the people who provide a "personal service" you decided should absolutely not get a tip: the kid at subway who spends 5 minutes making your sandwich, the people at the dry cleaner neatly pressing your clothes, the front desk person of an airline or hotel who checks you in and handles all your reservations, the kitchen staff who cooks your food and washes your dishes, the hotel maintenance guy who shows up to plunge your toilet, the poor nurse's aid who has to change your grandmother's diapers every two hours at the retirement center, a cab driver yes... but a bus driver no. The list goes on and on and on. Mr. Pink and I agree... there is no logic in your decision that certain jobs are tip-worthy and certain jobs aren't. A bartender in California spends .0002 seconds twisting off the cap on Bud Light and you give him a dollar extra. He not only gets minimum wage, plus he gets an extra $170 for his six hour shift. Meanwhile, during those same six hours, the kid at Subway did 50 times the work and walked home with $0.00 extra. "...but ... but .... you get better service if you tip.... you know... To Insure Prompt Service". The word is "ensure" not "insure" and the only time this ever comes into reality are those rare instances where you find yourself at a crowded bar/nightclub and it's very hard to get the attention of staff because they're so overwhelmed. If you take care of them upfront they will make sure you get taken care of ahead of everyone else. Makes perfect sense. However, for the other 99.9999999999% of the time, this involves just normal service at standard bars and restaurants. A large majority of the time, you are paying with a credit card at the end as you're exiting. Meaning your server has no idea if you're a great tipper or not and won't find out until after you've left. Guess what? If you tipped 10% on your credit card receipt or tipped 30%, you just received the same service. You didn't "ensure" anything by tipping more. You're out the door as the server is collecting his tab. I don't think he's going to spit in your food at this point. The Riddle: So why all the madness? The answer is simple. The vast majority of people (like you, for example) are obedient sheep who just go along with whatever you're told to do. If you were answering honestly you would say, "I don't know why I do it the way that I do... everyone else does, so I just go along too. If I don't, I could be labeled a cheap asshole and I don't want that - especially in front of family, coworkers, some chick I want to fuck. They're sheeple too... they don't think freely either. I'm just going along with what society tells me what I'm suppose to do. Plus, I get to pat myself on my back and convince myself about how 'generous' I am". The riddle is solved. You're welcome and God Bless.