Budget a few extra bucks for a tip
Re: “Tips should follow the Australian model”
I don’t mean this response to be disrespectful in any way, shape or form. As an adult nearing his 30s, I have two parents coming close to senior status and pensions, so I can understand the restrictions on money. But to go to the Australian style of tipping will add three to 10 dollars per entree, depending on your choice, to your bill. That may take the price of evening dining out of your price range anyway.
The second issue I have with your response is the moral implication. I have heard more than a handful of my parents’ generation say that my generation lacks work ethic, etc. Here is a job that actually takes ethic and more, and all they get is flack for wanting the gratitude that has become the norm. As a server and a customer I am for tipping.
Although I do appreciate that the employer should be paying more, the reality is that isn’t the case. So if you are tight on money, and eating out isn’t the norm for you, budget a few dollars more for that tip. Try not to think of it as a burden, but as an act of kindness to a hard working individual.