To whom have you been saying this to?
Everybody who will listen. Unfortunately, Europeans, Canadians, Australians and most everyone else refuse to listen. REFUSE.
Why has this issue never been addressed or even acknowledged?
It has been addressed several times. And our courts have ALWAYS sided with the restaurant owners.
Why does the media not acknowledge this? Or are they only interested in Iron Chef?
Because the vast majority of Americans understand that they should mentally add 15-20% as a tip, because they know the server makes squat for an hourly wage. It's only the foreign visitors who seem to be willfully ignorant about this.
Why do so many States still thumb their noses at minium wages with the tiping wage?
They are not thumbing their noses at minimum wage laws. The laws make a specific exception for tipped employees. And it is spelled out on the employment law poster that every place of business in the United States slaps on a hallway somewhere.
Why do the hospitality unions not acknowledge this?
They DO acknowledge this. But they cannot do anything about it, because it is the law of the land.
Why do the hospitality unions not fight tipping wages in State Courts? You do acknowledge that hospitality unions exist to garnishee salaries, but what have they acomplished otherwise?
Because these issues have already been fought, and lost, at the appellate level. States have the right to set their wage laws as they see fit. Most states make a minimum wage exception for tipped employees, trainees, apprentices, and a few others.
Can anyone answer these questions?
We try and try and try. But you refuse
Look, if you don't like the system, vote with your wallet and DON'T VISIT THE UNITED STATES. Show your disapproval for our medieval wage laws by spending your vacation dollar elsewhere. But don't add insult to injury by stiffing a tipped employee under some pretense of "high moral expectations."
All you're doing is driving up how much we have to tip to make up for your miserly ways. Used to be 10% was fine. Then 15%. Now it's 20%. And in some metro areas, 25% is the norm. Who's paying that? We are. Who isn't? Your countrymen.
Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today. -- Edgar Allan Poe