I understand, Richard, you tip well but I have a problem with your statement that "the owners get us customers to pay most of the wages for the service personnel. ".................Richard.
As though we purposefully don't pay servers a high wage so the customers pay their wages in tips. Again, it doesn't matter to me, one way or another the servers will have to make a decent wage to continue serving. As a restaurant/bar owner I prefer the tipping process, because I think it is an incentive based structure and I believe my customers are served better than if I paid them a straight salary with no tips. I can assure you though, the servers would rather have the tipping structure as they believe they make more money this way.