Is Tipping an Outdated Custom?
By Kelly Dobkin
September 4, 2013
There's been a lot of anti-tip talk going around lately, ever since a Slate article from July had the industry buzzing about America's tipping customs. Now NY Times restaurant critic Pete Wells is weighing in on the debate, calling tipping " irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory." He also argues that tipping has no effect on service whatsoever. He singles out restaurants that have started eliminating tipping by raising staff salaries and prices (Sushi Yasuda) and others that serve pricey tasting menus that include tip in the overall cost to the consumer. Read the entire piece here.
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