Tipping? I have been in the food and beverage industry my entire working life.
When I read that Danny Meyers, multiple restaurant owner and undoubtedly a multi-millionaire, wanted to discontinue tipping in his restaurants my first thought was, “what was the waiter’s motivation to sell more, give great service or even be civil.” Can you say France? I recently was in France and asked my server how that included tip worked. He said “doesn’t, the house skims off most of it.” They encourage side tipping.
If a cook or dishwasher wants tips, they should press a shirt, learn some people skills, quit stuffing shrimp in their faces and come out into the trenches.
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As far as racist, sexist and unproductive, liberal lunacy, of course, there are certain groups that are classically bad tippers (see YouTube) and the wealthiest can go either way. I have worked with servers from all genders and ethnic groups and it is a level playing field. We are professionals and give everyone the same service. We all have good days and bad days but it all averages out.
I believe this is just an opportunity for business and government to once again put its hands in our hard-working, middle-class pockets and put the burden of paying their employees a living wage on the backs of their guests.
Socialism doesn’t work. If we are pooling tips, well I will let someone else work hard and I will play with my phone in the side station.
Victoria Knudson, Ferndale