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Posted by on Feb 9, 2021 in Blog, Las Vegas, Restaurant Reviews | 1 comment

Should We Phase Out Tipping?



What would raising the federal minimum wage and possibly eliminating tipping mean to Las Vegas and other cities?


As the debate on (possibly) raising the national minimum wage across the United States ensues this week in Washington, lost in the current discussion is what (if anything) to do about positions that rely heavily on tipping.

Las Vegas and its tens of thousands of workers employed in casinos and tourism are heavily dependent on tipping, which has been widely accepted as the norm for decades. However, some of the proposals now being debated in Congress could change all that.

I’m in favor of raising wage minimums, aggressively so, but also on a graduated scale. I also see the other side of the coin.  This is a sticky issue for Las Vegas and many of its workers — including casino dealers, wait and bar staff, and other employees who rely on tips for most of their income.

I’ve yet to see much conversation about what happens in Las Vegas (and other casino markets) if the minimum wage is raised to $11 or perhaps $15, and what the fallout would be if “tipped” employees are included in new laws.

Accordingly, I welcome your input on this if you care to share it, especially if you work in a tipped job.

Naturally, much of this discussion is irrelevant until things return to “normal” after COVID subsides.

Finally, I urge readers to examine this article (op-ed) which includes lots of interesting facts on the history of tipping in America.

Follow the discussion and debate on my Facebook page HERE.

TAG:  The pros and cons of tipping.

1 Comment

  1. I work at a salaried job now, but have waited tables and tended bar in the past, at a brewpub and at an upscale restaurant. It IS a delight to count up your tips at the end of a good night. But as that article points out, it’s different when you’re a single 20-something getting (and blowing) tips vs. a 40-something trying to raise a family on what you earn. Everyone ought to get paid a living wage, with decent benefits, for doing a full-time job like waiting tables.

    As a diner and taxi passenger, I *so* much prefer no-tipping policies. Just charge me 20% more, and give that 20% to your staff! Don’t put me on the spot to decide how my server or driver should be “rewarded.” And don’t leave them at the mercy of my judgment or compassion (or gender) to determine how much they earn.

    There are countries where a tip can be regarded as a matter of some offense. (I was once upbraided in France after leaving more than just the few coins in change.) The general feeling is that it’s a matter of dignity: “I’m your server, not your servant.” That makes more sense to me as time goes by.

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