You’d think that a restaurant like Per Se, a place featured in rom-coms as being quintessentially fancy, would have the decency to pay its employees a fair wage and not steal its workers’ tips. But the economy’s bad right now and even the most prestigious restaurants have to make ends meet.
Last week, The Stranger published an argument about tipless restaurants that have begun popping up in Seattle. Writer Dan Savage was against the idea, saying tips are what make waiting tables a “good,” “lucrative” job.
Some of the most heated arguments I've ever gotten into have been over the appropriate way to tip waitstaff. Based on the comments on posts like this one, it's a topic that a lot of people feel similarly passionate about it. So what if restaurants did away with tipping altogether?
It's pretty common to hear viral tales of restaurant customers unnecessarily invoking Jesus in their tiffs with waitstaff. Well, one pastor has become so embarrassed with his fellow Christians that he started a website just for waiters to complain about the bad behavior of the church crowd.
Next time you're trying to decide whether to tip your server 18 or 20% (you'd never tip less, right?), think of this: an anonymous woman tipped three waitresses $5000 each after overhearing them discussing how hard it is to pay their bills and school expenses with their regular earnings.
Jay Porter ran a restaurant without tips for six years and drew some disturbing observations about the correlation between tipping, sex, and power. Only men made public scenes about not getting to control the tipping process, he noticed, and it always went something like this:
A waitress at a Seattle restaurant recently posted the "tip" she received from a patron — instead of actually tipping her, he told her to lose weight.
This handy infographic spells out exactly who you should be tipping — and how much you should be tipping them. While some of the suggestions (like tipping your waiter 15-20%) are no-brainers, there are still some grey areas where tips hinge on more than the cost of the service itself. For example: tip your bartender…