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Should tipping in restaurants be banned?

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Tipping restaurant waiters is something that many of us cannot avoid. You might be rewarding a waiter for his/her good service, you might be being simply courteous, or you might be trying to convey your social status and give the tip as a mark of prestige; whatever the reason tipping  seems to have a negative impact on the restaurant work culture.

 

A practice that started by the nouveau riche Europeans in the 1800s, to ensure prompt service in restaurants, has metamorphosed into a lucrative money minting opportunity for the waiters, not only in Europe, but all around the world. You might be making a waiter happy, but do you realize that you are actually sowing the seeds of discontentment in the other staff members who do not get extra allowance in the form of tips for their work? For example, a junior kitchen assistant is justified in sulking over the issue that he does not get a tip for each and every chore that he does, while his colleague, a waiter enjoys the privilege of extra income.

 

Tipping seems to be a potent factor in hampering teamwork in the restaurant staff and fostering discontentment. Moreover, the waiters themselves feel that tipping is not a fair practice because all waiters do not manage to get equal tips. Lucky waiters seem to bag jackpots, while others have to be satisfied with meager amounts.

Lastly, we should realize that a good restaurant experience is not the outcome of good waiter service alone, but a consequence of the collaborative effort of the entire hotel staff, and tipping waiters alone is being rather unfair to the rest of the staff.

 

 

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Should Tipping In Restaurants Be Banned?