That's a bit of a ridiculous response: tipping is far from universal and, frankly, is often used as an excuse to pay less than minimum wage--wait staff in Canada generally gets less than the minimum wage on the *legal* basis that their tips make up for it. For the employer it's a win, but for consumers and staff it's not always. I've pointed this out to coffee shop employees: by putting a tip jar out they create an environment where tipping is expected and the norm. This puts their employer in the position to argue that they should be paid less than minimum wage...because, tipping. So here's a radical idea: charge me the value of your service and I'll pay the value of your service--whether it's a ride in a car, a good bolognese or a latte.