First I should say the British are not usually great tippers and out of the Brits the Scots might be seen as at the meaner end of that scale- this is not, I would say,in relation to say a lesson, any reflection on the person giving the lesson nor indeed the person receiving it, rather an attitude that if I am paying say $65 for a lesson (as mentioned by someone above)I have every right to expect, as part of the price, first class service and value for money. Why is it expected by some(presumably the poor paying mountain company) that I should pay extra for that ie pay the price and enable them to rip off their staff by paying them peanuts because I will make it up over and above what I have paid.
Looking at it in a restaurant setting, if it is not self service why am I expected to pay extra for someone to tell me what is on special, take the order, bring the food and clear away the plates, however well they do it.What they are doing is selling and delivering the business product, in such a way that I will, hopefully, come back. Why is that extra over the basic price?
As I see it the customer is being exploited and so are the staff in that situation. Why cant they pay the staff properly in the first place and have a situation where if you get truly marvellous service you can, if you want, pay a "gratuity", otherwise you pay the listed price. That would bring back to "gratuity" the real meaning of the word- to me at present there is little gratuitous about any tip, because the customer generally knows that the staff are relying on that to get a decent wage and feels obligated to pay, whatever the service unless it was truly awful.At present the attitude seems to be if you dont pay then there must have been something wrong, as opposed to paying because it was very good