STATES CHRONICLE – Following Danny Meyer’s decision to do away with the annoying practice, U.S. restaurants could soon abolish tips. The restaurant owner recently decided to raise prices as this is, in his opinion, the only way restaurant workers can actually benefit of a fair compensation.
Tipping is a socially accepted practice that everyone hates and, yet we constantly do it. It has been generally agreed that people have to tip waiters, so the latter would properly cater clients and feel compensated for the services they provide, at the same time.
People have been practicing tipping for centuries, without ever stopping to wonder why they do it. They all hate it, particularly when they do not have sufficient loose change to add the correct amount of tips to the overall sum. And yet, it was only recently that tipping has been questioned.
It was Danny Meyer, the famous owner of 13 restaurants, including one in New York City, who first tackled the subject. Meyer has always set the trends among restaurant owners and in general, his practices have become a sort of a Bible for the rest of the people in the industry. It is for this reason that tipping could soon be abolished across U.S. restaurants.
Meyer stated in a recent declaration that he prefers to raise prices within his restaurants and do away with tipping once and for all. This way, he can rest assure that all of his employees are properly rewarded for their work.
Tips were always handed only to waiters, but Meyer reminded people that there are many other people working in a restaurant. The quality of the food that is being served in a restaurant depends most of the times, if not all the times, on chefs. The latter rarely get rewarded for their work and sometimes waiters have a bigger income than chefs.
Also, kitchen porters usually remain in the shadow, but they are just as responsible for the quality of the food that people serve in restaurants as waiters, Meyer has explained. Hence, his decision to raise prices and abolish tipping.
Meyer’s announcement has triggered various reactions. Naturally, waiters have all the rights to worry as they do not know how the new change will affect their wages and whether they will, indeed, get a raise. Restaurant owners, on the other hand, are seriously considering Meyer’s example, given that the tradition of tipping has been blown out of proportions in most U.S. restaurants.
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