Yes, we're discussing moving away from a tipping culture. But I don't think you can just ignore the way things are now. I may be wrong, but I think that when you have the status quo so deeply ingrained in our way of life and in our way of thinking, it's not just a matter of saying, Ok, today, we switch from doing it this way to doing it that way, and everyone will accept this and everything will fall into place and be just as it should be.
Ideally, of course, that's what happens. But in reality, I question if it would. Restaurant workers have been paid low wages and depended on tips for so long, and, more importantly, restaurant owners have operated this way for so long, that I believe it will be hard to just make the transition overnight. There's likely to be some back slipping.
So yes, we are looking at moving away from the tipping culture. But I think we have to be mindful of where we are coming from, not just where we are going. So it is different, simply because of the existing system which has been in place for so long and will, in my opinion, be difficult to obliterate with a wave of the wand.
It won't just be a matter of saying we're going to do things differently. It's going to be a matter of learning to think of things in a new way. And I don't mean for the customer, I mean for the servers and their employers.
And yes, I'm aware that there are other industries that are commission based. To my knowledge, (and again, I might be wrong about this) their base pay is traditionally pretty low. If I understand it correctly, the base pay for commission salespeople isn't meant to be much, thus incentivizing the workers to perform.