Should restaurants ban tipping? EconoMeter panel advises

Instead businesses could raise meal prices and pay workers a higher wage

from San Diego Union Tribune’s EconoMeter panel.

Q: Should restaurants ban tipping and instead raise meal prices so they can pay their workers a higher wage?

Bob’s Answer: NO

The last thing we need is another regulation under the guise of fair wages. Servers can make a fantastic income in an environment where they make a base pay and have to earn tips. Receiving the same pay as all others reduces incentives for good servers. Sure they can get bonuses for good reviews but server wages should be paid largely in tips, not increased base wages nor in higher prices for dining. Nobody wants that!

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