that is the question…
Pete Wells, a food critic for The New York Times, has written a very interesting article raising the question of whether or not it is time to say adios to the tipping system.
“I could go on against tipping, but let’s leave it at this: it is irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory. The people who take care of us in restaurants deserve a better system, and so do we.”
He cites a handful of restaurants that are doing just that — eliminating the tip in exchange for elevated menu prices that go toward a higher salary for servers or instituting a surcharge that also increases the staff’s salary.
He also notes that the disparity between what servers make (the front of the house) and line cooks, bus boys and dishwashers (the back of the house) is also driving this change.
So what do you think? Should restaurants increase servers’ salaries and dump the tip? Or do you think the tipping system works just fine?