Are The Days Of Tipping Over? These Restaurants Think So

Brandon Snively
Brandon is a Pace University graduate and avid Philadelphia sports fan, but don't hate him because of it...please? He was a former intern at the Howard Stern Show as well as a reporter for the MTA program Transit Transit Newsmagazine. He likes to be in front of the camera or behind the mic, but he enjoys news writing just as much.

If you can afford a $70 dinner but can’t tip more than $1, don’t come out to eat.

It’s a phrase that all servers have said at least once. Tipping can be stressful for servers and customers — splitting the check, trying to calculate the tip, making sure you’re giving at least 15 percent — while servers worry over being given at least 15 percent gratuity. People aren’t always so generous, sometimes leaving a measly $5 for a $50 meal. It enrages servers who don’t even make minimum wage and rely on tips for the majority of their paycheck.

Most restaurant wages are also barely above $2.00/hour, equating to almost nothing after taxes are taken off. Servers are then under pressure to try to entice customers into giving them a great tip. But they serve each table, not knowing if they will get a $1 or $20 tip for a $60 meal. It isn’t rocket science to figure out how to give a 15-20 percent tip, but some people just don’t want to. I mean it is a SUGGESTED act.


However, some business owners are getting rid of tipping completely. 

Last week Danny Meyer’s Universal Hospitality Group announced it will eliminate tips in its restaurants, according to CNBC. The hospitality group, run by Daniel Meyer, owns restaurants in NYC like Gramercy Tavern and the Modern. Meyer said he’s doing it to help address the wage issue in the hospitality industry in America.


What does this mean for customers?

To make it clear, this is not a nationwide change. It’s only being done within this specific hospitality group. However, if something like this were to catch on with other restaurants, there would be no tipping line on the bill, aka no more struggling to secretly pull out your phone calculator, trying to figure out which decimal to move over, how much money to add on and split among others. This does mean higher prices on the menu to compensate for the rule change.

There’s been mixed reviews regarding this idea. Some believe it’s a good idea. Like many European countries, it’s unnecessary to feel obligated to give a certain percentage of tip. Including the cost of tip in food prices mean waiters will be paid a higher wage and won’t rely on tip money so much.

However, some say tipping is the American tradition that needs to be kept. The system has been in place for so long and it awards people who have great customer service. It might have some flaws, but it works.


So should the tipping system go away?

In the 21st century, many 20somes do take waitressing jobs to earn extra cash. A good tip can make a huge difference, but is it worth keeping the traditional system?