Nougatrocity wrote:Either different locations will have different prices for the same product
I'm not sure why this is a problem... after all, they are
charging a different amount, after tax, for the same product... but I agree that we're getting sidetracked, so I'll accept "logistics" as an answer and move on. I forgot for a moment that this is an SB thread, and offtopicness is frowned on... I apologise.
But perhaps a better tangent to go off on... namely, a solution to the tipping problem (if indeed it is a problem... the fact that it's being discussed shows this isn't a given). Obviously, as has been mentioned in several places, a solution can't come from the customers... not tipping, in a culture that relies on it, is a dick move. It also can't realistically come from the waiters and suchlike, if they rely on the tips to get by then they can't start refusing tips to make a point. The answer, if one is coming, would have to come from the restaurant owners, as the only people left with a say in the matter.
Leaving aside for now the point of how to convince those owners to change their ways (which would be quite a discussion in and of itself), say that a restaurant opened which is, say, 15-20% more expensive across the board, but at which tips are optional, only expected if the service is exceptional, and no stigma is attached to not tipping (and, indeed, it is expected that the majority of patrons will not tip). Would you, as a customer, eat there?
Perhaps more interestingly, if you owned such a restaurant, how would you advertise? With tipping being such a societal thing... which people do, but restaurants rarely tell them to... if you don't mention it, people will assume you're expected to tip, and are just 20% more expensive for no good reason. But explicitly mentioning that tipping is optional sounds like "Yes! We cater for cheapskates!"... How could you get the message out?
I'm not qualified to answer the first question, not being from the appropriate culture, and on the second one, I'm drawing a blank... Maybe I'm just bad at spin...