Tipping Is Strange, and Strangely Hard to Get Rid Of

It's not really a way to ensure good service. But there is a purpose behind it.

Change is coming, at least at a few U.S. restaurants.

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Restaurateur Danny Meyer is planning to eliminate tips at his restaurant group’s 13 restaurants by the end of next year. Among other things, the New York Times suggests this will lower the disparity in pay between the back of the house, which makes an average of around $12 an hour, and the servers, who pull in considerably more than that.

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