Very well said Renee. I do tip but I tip what I feel is right for what was provided. I did talk to a waiter on the last cruise I took and he said even with people skipping out on tipping and some tipping less than suggested he still averaged $1000 a week in tips. Now that is better than what I make and he gets room and board plus a small salary along with that. So I also find it hard to feel real sypathetic when I hear how poor a wage some make. I do believe that the employees I have had serving me or taking care of my room have done an exceptional job but I still say the tipping is better off left to me than an automatic tip.