So just why are Americans so obsessed with tipping? (Spoiler: Prohibition, amongst other reasons.) And would Life As We Know It come crashing to a halt if we stopped doing that and actually started paying service staff living wages instead? (Spoiler: No.)
For the record, Australia isn’t really a tipping culture–it’s okay to do here, but not expected–and we certainly don’t pay waiters $2 an hour (I think it’s something more like $15).
Which isn’t to say everything in the industry is perfect but… yeah.
$2 an hour. Jesus.