Should tipping in restaurants be banned?
This pretty much sums up my feelings on tipping.
I would continue to tip well:) Location and rate matter to an extent, and even if tips account for 50%, or as low as 30%, it's still a big portion of their income. For most, and like me, my tips were about 70% of my income.
Yes, why? Many workers get paid much below minimum wage in a lot of states. They depend on the tips to make up for it.
Is that true?
Yes it is true.
but it rewards good performance unlike anything the employer does. and im not sure that's legal, although it wouldn't surprise me if it was.
Yes. My state does it. I got paid 2.50 an hour when I worked in a restaurant. Now it's up to 3.93.
That's why it's extremely important to tip. The server should always do a good job anyway, but I will tip well even if they aren't the best.
AZ makes 2.01 per hour. They live on tips.
Here's a list of each state and their rate of pay for tipped employees. If anyone's interested:
That is shocking
Subconsciously or otherwise, people often tip based on race or aesthetics, and it can be discriminatory.
Seriously?? There can't be that many that tip based on that.......truly shocks me.
I just listened to a Freakonomics podcast on it, and apparently even blacks will tip a white server more. They said if you're a slender, blond, white woman about 30 years old with large breasts, you get tipped the most. Go figure.
I dunno if I would agree. I worked for tips for 10 years and the people making the most usually were not big chested 30 somethings. Maybe at a Denny's.
Well, this is a researcher/professor at Cornell University in NY has found after many years of research. I don't have any personal experience tipping, but he seemed legit!
beanD - "Go figure" no pun intended right - LOL
I suppose I can believe his findings, but not from me. I am just an over-tipper. I tip 25 to 30% for everyone unless they are just really bad and then I usually ask for a manager before the meal is
I'm sure there are some people who tip based on how someone looks. Scumbags. But for the most part, people know a server's tips account for most of their income.
Do you think that's true even in states like California Julie? Here servers aren't paid sub minimum wage. People still tip about 20% - but I wonder which is bigger their pay check - some make way more than our min if $8.00 per hour- or tips
Cali and Washington state are pretty much the only ones who bank, making $8 & $9.19/hr. plus tips. The cost of living is also higher in these places. The more expensive the food, the bigger tips you get (based on %). I could see their
tips being more than their check, if not the same at least. All other states can pretty much kiss it, making about half of min. wage or less. I didn't even bother picking up my checks most of the time.
Ratio wise, are people in Cali making tips that are much more than their check, like me in Ohio? I would say no. But that's only because I make half the money per hour in a less expensive area. So I think we are breaking even in the end.
Interesting - like I said - I'm a good tipper - even here in Cali, but especially when we go on vacation in Florida