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We need to get rid of the tipping culture

By Fred Augustino

My Perspective is where the individual voices of our community members can be heard

By allowing tips to be considered part of a server’s wage, we allow their employer to pay them below minimum wage. First of all, tips are never a guarantee, which leaves the employee in the rain if they don’t get them, but still have to accept their low salary. Then it creates a dynamic where the servers have to be so overly friendly in order to “earn” that tip. It creates a superficial power dynamic where waiters almost has to beg for their salary. And, of course, if anything goes wrong, it’s their fault, no tip.

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