As most people in the restaurant service industry know Europeans do not always tip as well, if at all compared to US diners.
Until around a year ago i was of the attitude that the waiters and waitresses get paid a wage to do their job as i do. If i sell a product to someone they do not pay for it then hand me 15% of its cost as a tip? Which in essence is what happens in restaurants.
However, now that i have spent more time in American restaurants i can see and understand that tipping is for service. The better the service the more i tip. This brings me to the point, if i feel is that i receive bad or no service i will not tip as they have done the bare minimum which they get paid for by the restaurant.
In England our service is generally not as good as the US as they server knows that they will not be getting a tip 8 times out of 10. So what is the point of being overly nice if you will only be earning the same regardless. Which is why i believe in tipping.
The more demanding i am to the server the more i tip at the end, if they have kept up, made themselves available as soon as possible and have been polite i will be happy and will make sure that they are happy after i have left.
This is a small issue i know, but i wanted to address it.