Quote of The Day : Reservoir Dogs
I love this quote, the reason why we dont need to tip. Tipping is a big culture in America, every where we have to tip. Tipping could be an act of generosity or could be act of forcing of person to give money to others indirectly.
For your record, Under FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Agreement Act) if a waiter/waitress doesn't make enough from tips in addition to normal wages, the employers are required by law to make up the difference.
In other words, if you've been getting screwed because you you're not getting tips, then you have the right to sue your employer. If you don't tip, don't worry. They should be getting reimbursed by the owner.