James Blunt 
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Re: “The Tipping Point

I do not own a restaurant, nor do I wish to won one. I also believe that an increase of the minimum wage is a good thing, I agreed with the bill. The cost of living in the Bay Area is through the roof. But what I don't get, and on one has mentioned anything about this, is why do tipping have to exist in the first place? Other type of jobs do not make the employee rely on tips. Do you see a bank teller expecting a tip when you go deposit or withdraw your money? Or do you see a school teachers waiting for a tip at the end of each class? How about our AC transit drivers? They only make about $16 / hr. And don't say that being a waitress/ waiter is a hard job. Every job is hard one way or another.

As a service staff, you are no more important than a kitchen staff. Because without those guys, you will not have any food to serve. But typically, those guys are working harder, standing in front of the stove all day and they only very a small percentage of the tip. I've read many articles and I see the complains are coming mostly from the servicing staff. You used to make $35 -$55 / hr. with tips. And now with the new system, you're making $18 - $34 / hr. Why are you complaining? You're still making more than a line cook who only gets about $15/ hr.

As a business owner, I believe you should take care of your staff. Restaurant owners should pay their staff more so they will not have to rely on tips. And if your staff provide a less than exceptional service, you should hire someone else. It is the reputation of your restaurant. This country is so spoiled by tips. You have to tip everywhere you go. It's outrageous. And who came up with the idea that Tipping has to be a certain percentage? 15%, 20%...WTF... Did you forget that it is a tip? It is not required...!!! You should appreciate any amount because it is more than what you would otherwise made. If you do not like your service job, get a new one. I'm glad to see that restaurants are moving away from Tip. If you need to charge more, do it. Put it into the cost of your meal. But take good care of your staff and fire the ones who show less than exceptional services.

Posted by James Blunt on 03/26/2016 at 1:53 AM

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