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Waiters and Tips

This is from my friend Craig Fine:

Craig Fine
Here is a thought for all restaurants and coffee shops…any business that accepts tips.

1) Take the average amount of tips that are given each week, and pay that wage to your employees.
2) Eliminate tips.
3) See what happens…

I hate having to tip a waiter, it’s always felt wrong to me and a bit unfair too. I mean, basically you have wait staff that begin to get addicted to the (promised) windfall of tips they will get during their shift if and when they get really busy. It’s like an addiction to gambling.

Do away with tips altogether. I would live this…and I would frequent an establishment that did this too. I think the benefits outweigh any possible downside to this genius plan. :-)”

I like his idea because this is how it is in Brazil and Europe. In Brazil, the tip is included in the bill: 10%. You don’t have to calculate anything. Waiters don’t have to compete for your attention and bother you every 5 minutes to see how you are doing or if you want another drink when your glass is still half full. Like keeping the mother’s family name too and not spending tons of money in an engagement ring, some things are smarter in Brazil..

June 13, 2013 - Posted by | Difference between cultures, Workplace


  1. Nice idea in a utopian world but would never happen.

    Businesses are already taxed out the ying yang. The last thig they want to do is show the government and increased profit. Therefore, as in Brasil, the establishment keeps most if not all of the 10% service charge they add to the bill. Which prompts me in Brazil to leave another 10% cash on the table. Or as a minimum the coins in change, depending on the size of the bill.

    In short, you can’t depend on businesses to, “do the right thing”. Waiters and waitresses in this system at least have some control over their value. Like an almost independent business within a business.

    I believe service staff in Brazil is paid very low?

    Like the flat income tax concept here in the USA. It will never happen because the reality is different from the concept. If Steve Forbes would have stayed in the race years ago, I would have voted for him just for that platform of reform.

    Putting the burden on business would result in a large pay cut to the service staff. And I wouldn’t be for that.

    If you take away the incentive for people to work, they won’t work.

    Just sayin’!

    Comment by Steve | June 13, 2013 | Reply

    • I don’t receive tips but I work well nevertheless! The 10% goes to the waitstaff in Brazil.

      Comment by Brasilmagic | June 13, 2013 | Reply

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