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CBS San Francisco: San Francisco Restaurant Workers Want to Make 25% Tip Rate Standard

Whether your service is good or bad, some San Francisco restaurant workers want to implement a 25% standard tip onto your bill for you, according to an article in the Contra Costa Times.

Is this fair? Some in the food industry say “yes, it’s about time.” However, many “foodies” are not as happy with the idea. According to the Times, for the most part, people, on average tip between 15% – 20% and the restaurant worker actually has to claim 15% with the IRS.

On the occasions that Joanna and I do go out to eat, I am and always have been a standard 20 percent tipper. I’ve spent far too much time waiting tables and cooking at various restaurants to do otherwise.

Nevertheless, the opportunity to receive a tip is incentive to work hard, to be personable, and to go over and beyond the standard for service. “Will work for tips” is more than just a catchphrase. To mandate a 25 percent tip makes it no longer a tip, but rather a fee. It disincentivizes service. It gives reason to avoid eating out. And it’s no surprise that it’s cropping up in the Bay Area, as it is indicative of this entitlement society run wild.



  1. scp says:

    Personally, I think tips should be (voluntarily) eliminated. Evaluating a waiter’s or waitress’ performance is their boss’ job, not the customer’s. Waiters and waitresses should be paid at market rate by their employer, just like everyone else and prices should be set to cover that cost. I don’t need gratuities from my clients in order to do my job well. I don’t see any reason why a restaurant worker should, either.

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