Witnessed today at lunch a group run a waitress while I was dining then leave her nothing as a tip. I'm as frugal as the next guy, prior to lunch I changed my car's brakes because I just couldn't bring myself to turn 120 dollars of parts into 650 bucks at the shop, but I've never been able to understand the no tipping to save a few dollars mindset.
I tip and generally pretty well. I like to walk into a restaurant or a bar when its stacked 4 or 5 deep and get served immediately. Any thoughts from those who don't on why you follow this path? Would you be willing to pay 25 to 40 percent more for eating out and just having the wait staff paid more money to start with? Or do you like riding on the coattails of all the tippers and getting cheaper food?
This is primarily directed to American posters, because I realize you silly Europeans and Aussies pay your wait staff more and tipping isn't customary...but feel free to chime in about how we Americans are a savage, crazy tip expecting people.