The concept of tipping was intended to reward excellent service. Today though, it has become a broken part of the hospitality industry. Unfortunately, though, those people in service jobs are stuck in the middle of the debate. Today, businesses such as restaurants, bars, gig economy platforms, salons, spas etc. all exploit simple economic reality to offer artificially cheap service to customers. This puts the consumer in a difficult position of being forced to cover the wages for those employees, without the luxury of a choice. Regardless though, supporting these folks is something that we all are obligated to do.