It’s always customary at the end of a meal at a restaurant to do a little math before signing the check. Whether you’re known as a generous tipper or you’re a little more frugal in this department, the act of tipping your waiter may become obsolete in the near future.
CNN reports about the growing trend of restaurants eliminating tipping from the menu. Restaurant owners across the country are beginning to see the benefits of paying their workers rather than having them rely on customers for a living wage. San Francisco restaurant owner Thad Vogler will be implementing a new system in his two restaurants where menu prices will increase by 20% and to make up for it customers will not be expected to leave tips. Vogler explains, “It's time for the restaurant business to be more like every other industry and charge what's appropriate rather than relying on other people to compensate its workers.”
So far, the no-tipping policy is more popular in larger more metropolitan areas, but experts believe that the trend could take off further over the next year. In Newport, Kentucy at a restaurant called Packhouse, customers are explicitly told via a sign by the front door that they are not expected to tip their servers.
The problem with this is that people have become so accustomed to tipping for good service that many waiters at Packhouse receive a few extra bucks most of the time. Owner of the restaurant Bob Conway explains, “It's usually just a few dollars, and that's fine, but we try to explain that our servers are very well compensated.”
For many diners, tipping can be a way of commenting or showing appreciation of the service. So there may be a good number of customers who don’t take kindly to losing their control over tipping in restaurants while others may be relieved to not have to think about the tip and know exactly what their bill will look like at the end of a meal.
What do you think of restaurants that are doing away with tipping?
Would you like to see more restaurants stop relying on patrons to compensate their servers?