How do we end the toxic culture of tipping and demand living wages?
The CEO of +Papa John's Pizza
earns over $2.5 million a year . But the company apparently cannot afford to pay its delivery workers a living wage. [see photo]
It's pretty easy to pick on PJP; this is the same company that also fought against paying for its workers' health insurance. 
However, the issue of goes deeper than one pizza chain. When will we (Americans, in particular) wise up and ensure that minimum-wage earners aren't dependent on each customer for a handout?
I've railed against the toxic institution of tipping before, but this Vox article sums up the problem very succinctly: "Tipping perpetuates racism, classism, and poverty"
. It's also, quite undeniably, ridiculously confusing  and frankly a pain in the ass .So what's the better alternative?
That, IMHO, is 100% clear: restaurants and other firms relying on tips for their workers should instead simply bundle the cost of supplying a living wage into their prices. Hotels should charge an extra few bucks a night to pay their housekeepers decently. Restaurants should boost their meal costs by whatever it takes to pay their
workers a living wage. And for crying out loud, people who request food delivery should just be charged a delivery fee that's high enough to support a living wage for the people delivering the food!All that aside, I still think that the "Special delivery reminder" on this box is especially asinine.
Let me see if I got this right, Papa John: you're charging a delivery fee on pizzas, but somehow that money is going to... your CEO's outrageous salary? Your marketing costs? But not the people delivering the pizzas? And when you say "for outstanding service," I presume you mean "showing up with your pizza" vs. "rescuing a cat in a tree and climbing 4200 steps to get to your front porch," right? And am I also supposed to provide a tip to the people who prepared my pizza? If not, why not?
* * * Google+ friends, let me ask you: how can we best put an end to this madness?
Through legislation demanding living wages? Through name-and-shaming of companies? I'm serious. We need to put a stop to this before our teachers (who often already have to pay for school supplies out of their personal funds) start depending on tips, and our nurses, and so on.
I welcome your suggestions.
 Info on PJP's oh-so-charming CEO and his fight against insuring his workers: http://www.forbes.com/sites/calebmelby/2012/11/12/breaking-down-centi-millionaire-papa-john-schnatters-obamacare-math/
 Let's see... just getting to your hotel, you need dollar bills for the rental car shuttle driver, the guy who greets you at the hotel, the fellow who carries your bags to your room... and then the next morning, more "optional" tips for the housecleaning staff, the concierge, the guy who calls the taxi over... unless, of course, you're in most places outside the U.S., where people provide proper service without needing handouts because, well, it's part of what they're being paid a living wage to do!