To tip or not to tip

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in eating/food, In the news, Lucky Mama, musings | 4 comments

that is the question…

moneytipPete 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“I could go on against tipping, but let’s leave it at this: it is irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory.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?

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  1. hwhite

    I would just feel weird not tipping!

    • Yavonda

      It would feel weird, but I know it works in other countries. Servers end up making a steady (and living!) wage without depending on whether a customer is in a good mood or not.

  2. Linda

    I never mind tipping but they work so hard and have to depend on the whims and good graces of the customers. If anything is wrong with the the food or service the wait staff always takes the blame; ie small or no tip. I think everyone that works deserves a living wage especially the people that are always so helpful, kind and cheerful. We may not be able to eat out as often with higher prices but I think it would be a better system and much fairer.

    • Yavonda

      Linda, I hear ya. My sister-in-law is a hardworking waitress at a bar. It KILLS me to hear about people who buy numerous drinks AND never tip.