Tipping is fucking awful. If you were to explicitly pay your employees in the way tippers do it would be illegal:
- women servers paid more than men (particularly young, conventionally attractive women)
- white servers paid more than minorities
- tall servers more than short servers
- extra pay for physical contact/flirting
Still, that's the system we have. If you don't tip it just makes you a cheap asshole.
I don't have a problem with someone who wants to be an artist, or of someone getting an expensive degree in art providing that they (or their families) can afford it and that's what they want to spend their money on. But borrowing medical school/law school money to get such a degree makes no sense and we shouldn't support it. Artists don't make doctor/lawyer money.