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    Dinner + Labor Surcharge. How Will You React?

    In a bunch of states the minimum wage is going up. And restaurants are reluctant to raise prices. So they will be adding a "labor surcharge" to the bill.

    I consider this to be a hidden price increase. You don't get to know ho much extra till you get the bill.

    My question is, how will you react when this happens to you? Stop going to that restaurant? Not care? Reduce your tip?


  2. Dinner + Labor Surcharge. How Will You React?
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    Luckily, where I live they are not allowed to add surcharges. Though restaurants are free to raise prices.

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    I'd think that restaurant would lose my business, especially if they were not upfront about it.

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    Am I the only one who would be comfortable just tipping less? After all, the tip was supposed to make up for lower wages. But if the wages and prices are higher, I think the tip needs to go down. After all, my wages are not rising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Everything Zen View Post
    Am I the only one who would be comfortable just tipping less? After all, the tip was supposed to make up for lower wages. But if the wages and prices are higher, I think the tip needs to go down. After all, my wages are not rising.
    Makes sense. But will social convention prevent this change. Leaving the obvious alternative: eating out less.

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    If I lived in a state raising minimum wages, I'd reduce my tip.

    This is just a pretty awful policy. You need to earn higher wages. Not be given them as a right.

    What we really need is for politicians and bureaucrats to stop leeching off society.

  8. #7
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    I'd have a hard time not tipping. But out of custom.

    There is a reason Europeans don't tip. And with minimum wages tripling, a lot of those reasons would apply here.

    The other alternative is to eat out far less often. And then there will be no food service jobs.

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    Everyone needs to earn enough to live. Including me. So I think my tipping might come down.

  10. #9
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    What a bunch of selfish cheapskates. Don't you realize how hard waiters and waitresses work?

  11. #10
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    we've already cut back on dining out. just getting too pricey. so we will let the rest of you be the leaders in the great tipping debate of 2017.

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