Re:Do I still have to tip?
I'm not sure if this is going to be the most popular opinion around here, but I don't think that this type of technology is geared towards the primary demographic of the bulk of the people who post here.
If I have read the posts of the folks who have commented in this thread, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I am the youngest (or, one of) in the group - and I am nearly 40.
New technology is geared towards people who embrace new technology - younger people. If you project the use of cell phones into the predictable future, smart phones are going to be almost ubiquitous to people of high school and college ages - people who would absolutely embrace this kind of technology.
I don't see the correlation in suggesting that this technology would preclude someone from tipping. When NYC mandated that taxi cab drivers would have to install credit card readers in cabs, the cabbies said that people wouldn't tip. That hasn't happened. As a matter of fact, most of the "suggested" tips that the card reader offers are usually for MORE than I would have tipped in cash. There is no way to avoid the pop-up screen that "reminds" you to tip. If you don't tip, it's not because you forgot or didn't take the extra step to add a tip - it's because you're someone who otherwise wouldn't have tipped. Why would this app be any different?