Friday, October 12, 2018

To tip or not to tip

Service fee

Hiding a service fee notice in the spooky decor doesn't make me feel any better about it.

As the minimum wage rises, restaurants and fast food places are struggling to find ways to cut expenses or increase income to stay profitable. Some are raising their prices. Others are adding a service fee to your bill. (And some are doing both.)

Unlike a tip, which goes only to the people who wait on you, a service fee can be used to compensate all employees, including the cooks and dishwashers who don't typically get to share in the tips. The reports I read seem to agree that restaurant staff people are supportive of this practice. Service fees are common in Europe and replace the tip.

This particular notice isn't clear on whether it will be given to the employees are not. Leaving me with the question—to tip or not to tip.

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