I only scanned the article but I don't think it will really eliminate tipping - it will just stop restaurants etc. adding a discretionary service charge to the bill; which often goes unnoticed by some who then may even give an additional tip . If I do tip I always ask - How is this shared? Where does it go etc? and always pay it quite separately to the bill. Has all tipping completely stopped in France ?
Even though as a well-trained American I wanted to compulsively tip in France, I understand and applaud its method of paying service workers a decent wage and granting them the dignity of not needing gratuities.
Individually restaurants have tried a no-tipping policy in BC, but they've all abandoned it. Quote from a restauranteur:
“While they like the concept, they feel as independent thinkers that their freedom to have a say in whether or not they tip based on the quality of food or service was taken away from them,” he told Metro. “We’re in the pleasing business, so it’s not like we can dictate to you how we need you to think.”
As the world becomes more and more mixed with people from different cultures -- tipping societies, non-tipping societies, very little-tipping societies -- it seems to me that some day restaurant workers will demand a guaranteed living wage when they live in a country that doesn't provide one. Then, if a bit of tipping continues, it really will be to reward people for exceptional service and not just because they put a plate of food that somebody else cooked in front of a customer.