Where does this happen? My bartender gets his tip, my waitress gets her tip, my barber get his and I've never seen any one them put the money in the owner's till,pocket or whatever. On a credit card, maybe that's different. I don't see what the b!tch is here.
Fancy-shmancy restaurants of the type that I avoid.
20 percent or better here-- with the very rare exception, demonstrated the other month when I had to wait half an hour for some teenager to decide to come over to the table so I could freakin' order coffee, let alone anything else. That kid is lucky I left her anything at all.
The place was not that busy, btw.
The bartender and waiter get your tip, after the business has taken part of it from them and shared it with barbacks, busboys, hostesses and an ever growing list of other workers.
While you may have given the waiter a $40 tip many businesses are forcing the waiter to give $10 of their tip to other workers leaving the waiter with only $30. After stripping the waiter of $10 of his tips, the business then reduces the wages of the waiter by $24 or more, depending on the state, and the $40 tip you gave the waiter becomes a $6. The tip credit has allowed businesses to reduce the wages of an employee by as much as $5 an hour if customers tip them. What this means is that your tip of $40 can be reduced to nothing. Currently the federal minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.12 an hour while the regular minimum wage stands at $5.15 an hour. That's a difference of $3.03 an hour. If customers tip an employee, the employer can reduce the employee's wages by up to $3.03 an hour. So, when you give a waiter a $40 tip what it menas is that the employer can now reduce his wages by $24.00 for that days work. These workers aren't getting your tip. The business is taking the finacial benefit's of your tip for themselves. That's what the tip credit does. It gives over the financial benefits of your tip to the business. You see, while the waiter may go home with your $40 tip, he is going home with a paycheck which is $24.00 less than it would have been had you not tipped him. Who is actually benefitting from your tip? While the waiter went home with an extra $6 in his pocket the business saved $24.00 and as a result the business owner went home with an additional $24.00 in his pocket. Now the question which remains and which has never been answered is why are businesses being allowed to financially benefit themselves to the customer's tip. Is this not stealing?