These are awesome. Changes things.
I could go on against tipping, but let’s leave it at this: it is irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory. The people who take care of us in restaurants deserve a better system, and so do we.
That’s one reason we pay attention when a restaurant tries another way, as Sushi Yasuda in Manhattan started to do two months ago. Raising most of its prices, it appended this note to credit card slips: “Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted.”
A million times “yes!” From Japan to Uber, the future is clear: death to tips.
I don’t agree with getting rid of tips. “Fully compensated” is a relative term. Most non-tipped fast food employees would not say they’re fully compensated, yet we don’t tip them. And a salary “fully compensated” is also fully taxed income, which is another big can of worms. The service industry is one of the few places you can work overtime and the management doesn’t really get upset cos they’re not paying you jack shit anyway, so you have the ability, if you have the work ethic and don’t spend all your tips at the bar or on other substances, to make a decent living. You could, at a certain point, write your own paycheck, similar to a commission-based job. Not so when you’re “fully compensated”.
It’s not a left/right issue.
It’s a liberty/tyranny issue.
It’s a freedom/police state issue.
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