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New Brewpub, The Public Option, Won’t Take Your Tips
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Interesting. In Austin, the 'living wage' threshold for public-private collaborations is closer to $12.
Whatever Public Option collects additionally for charitable donations is of course a good thing.
It took me about five minutes to learn not to tip when I was in Japan in 1970. I've been a poor tipper ever since. I even have a tip calculator app for my tablet that lets me calculate the tip based on the cost of the food and not the tax. It's really annoying when I get a restaurant check with 15, 18, and 20 percent already calculated on the total, with the tax, which is 10 percent itself in many places around here now.
And I've worked in restaurants before so I'm a pretty big tipper. I'm one of the rare breeds that almost always tips 20% including tax (and wine...some people don't tip on wine for some reason).
For what it's worth---the tipped minimum wage is $2.18 and hasn't changed in 20 years. Not the easiest job ever and it pays horribly. As foodies we also need to consider how we treat the waitstaff and tipping well makes you a better foodie.
I'm thinking that when employees are paid a living wage and don't accept tips, the dynamic of the restaurant should be much different, with employees taking more responsibility for everything that goes on in the restaurant, perhaps having more of a voice in the food being offered.