Answer this totally off the wall question regarding tipping, and let us see if this does not show a terrible miss-use of tipping in a way. A server delivers a fine meal with more than adequate attention paid in detail toward you and your significant other making the dining experience wonderful and hopefully blissful for tonight at your Valentines romantic outing. You go home happy, sated and full of vigor, you've tipped him/her well, based on the happiness he/she brought to your full stomach and your romantic sidekick, you enjoyed the atmosphere and the attention to detail so much, that you will in fact return to that very establishment again, for the server made you feel comfortable and special. Bill for romance - $150...Tip - $30...everlasting memories of a special night out...PRICELESS. Now, on the other hand, the next day, you may or may not speak of the lovely evening and all that surrounded it, the meal has worn off, the restaurant is a distant thought till next time your belly beckons another nice dinner out, but your feet are hurting. So you saddle up in your car, you go to your favorite place to purchase shoes from your favorite salesman who you trust and dearly love, why you might ask, because he is always nice, courteous, and generally friendly to you. You complain that you have developed a plantar problem, is there any relieve in sight your salesman may have as to a recommendation, he/she responds well with tidying up your painful problems, slips you into some comfortable well supportive shoes and off you go having a better feeling from head to foot now, why because of the superior service rendered you in a very uncomfortable time. A feeling, that unlike the dinner the night before, will stay with you far longer, and the memory of what you favorite shoe person and store provided. Shoes that fit good - $150, saving a trip to the doctor - $20 co-pay, Feet feeling great, along with back, legs and head - PRICELESS TWICE OVER. Now to my point, why did you not tip him/her for the wonderful service you received from the salesperson, but we tip the bartender, the hair cutter, the shine man, the waiter, the pizza guy, all service oriented positions. Maybe this is stupid, but for all I have ever done to help peoples feet feel good, I have never once been given a tip, not when the man came in having corns on his feet, and made him realize he was wearing a shoe to short, sure he thanked me the next time he returned saying "man you saved my feet, thank you", or the man who came in hardly being able to walk because his plantar was killing him in his loafers, we got him some good quality lace shoes from Allen Edmond and his troubles disappeared, did he tip NO, but he returned impressed with the service, the professionalism, and honesty the next week and bought 2 more pairs. Now honestly, do I feel a salesperson need be tipped, no, but I am trying to figure out why waiters and servers feel that when they do not adequately service, they feel still entitled to a generous tip. Is every job that deals with the public not truly a service industry job in some ways? Just a laymans few, it really has no significance other than to make people think a little.