Is it time to get rid of tipping?
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Is it time to get rid of tipping?

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The United States is one of the few places in the world where people tip their servers. Critics say tipping is an unfair system that lets restaurants get away with paying their servers next to nothing and perpetuates racial disparities. Others say tipping is a good system because it rewards good service. Tips create an incentive for servers to actually provide good service and most servers and customers like it. What do you think? 💁

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Critics say tipping needs to end because it's an unfair system that allows employers to get away with paying their employees below minimum wage. In most states, the floor for service worker pay is $2.13 an hour—only seven states mandate that servers must be paid the same minimum wage as everyone else. It's a fundamentally unfair system that shifts the burden of paying an employee to the customer. 

People say this incentivizes good service but studies have found that's untrue. People will tip what they will tip, regardless of the quality of service

Paying servers a fair wage has absolutely no impact on service but creates a more equitable environment for restaurant workers. There's no reason to keep tipping around—most places around the world just include the price of service as part of the food cost. It makes more sense, it's fairer, and it's just easier. 

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Others say we should keep the tipping system because people are happy with it. There's no major push from service workers to get rid of tipping—in fact, many of them prefer it because it can boost their pay far higher than what an employer would offer. Many restaurants have gotten rid of tips only to find servers fleeing their jobs because of the pay cut. 

Some restaurants that got rid of tipping saw major increases in menu prices. 

A recent survey of 3,000 U.S. consumers by Horizon Media found that a whopping 81% prefer the status quo to a tip-free alternative. My organization used Google’s Consumer Survey tool to poll roughly 2,500 self-reported restaurant employees who earn tips, and nearly 60% rejected even a $15 minimum wage if it meant they would no longer receive tips.
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