I do not understand the logic that concludes that paying a decent wage will result in poor service. I, and expect most others who post here, receive a wage for the work they perform. I have no problem going "the extra mile" when the circumstances call for additional effort, and I know that I am NOT unique in that regard. I don't have to be tipped to perform above minimum standards. After all, there are other benefits - promotions, raises, and even bonuses that kick in when the efforts of everyone I work with produce extraordinary results.
Why are so many so inclined to believe that the work ethic will go away if wages are improved? As long as unions don't get involved, and punish those who perform above the minimum standard, a decent wage should attract a higher caliber of employee. Or am I just blowing sunshine?