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What We All Lose If Tipping Is Eliminated

Updated 9-18-16

~ Prices will go up more than 20% . Trust me, they’ll have to. So customers will pay more at any place that’s even moderately popular.

~ Good servers at most places will make less money as the net wage hike will not cover the lost tips. The majority of servers I know are strongly against getting rid of tips.

~ Operators will lose as higher menu prices will decrease customer visits and spending.  ~ Most sadly, another one of the rare person to person relationships left in our social life will vanish.
~ Based on my past as a tipped server in the past, and my years in many different aspects of the hospitality business, in concepts from low to high end, I think this is a mistake across the board.

~ Everyone will lose if we get rid of tipping.

Here’s a 9-18-16 update from the Chicago Tribune on how the no-tipping experiment is failing.

a tipster not just a hipster tip sign



More good economic news.

Sure there are still big problems, especially lower middle class wage and wealth trends that hurt retail businesses such as bars and restaurants, as our customers keep getting poorer. But I’d sure rather see this news of higher employment and jobs being added than the rising jobless rates of a few years back. Appreciate!

Good News for the Restaurant Industry

The latest House Bill redefining full time work at 40 hours per week is good for the restaurant/bar industry including its workers, as it will decrease the amount of shift cuts for part time workers.  40 hours has traditionally been the definition of a full time job and 30 hours should not be seriously considered full time work.
Read about it here.

In N Out, not just great burgers, but a great place to work!

Proud to see a restaurant chain ranked “Best Place to Work,” top restaurant and #8 out of every company in the US by a site specializing in reviews by actual employees,
Thanks to @adamlapetina and @Thrillist for the reporting and cheers to @innoutburger for the excellent burgers and working conditions!

Unfilled jobs costs the U.S. economy $160 billion a year

Good analysis of US business employment issues with my favorite innovative solution at the end of the post, which I’ve been doing with my clients in the hospitality business for many years now.


Something weird has happened to the U.S. labor market over the past decade or so. As most hiring managers know all too well, it has split in two.

“There’s one job market for people whose skills are in demand, and who jump around from one employer to another,” observes Paul D’Arcy, a senior vice president at job search portal “Then there’s the second job market, where long-term unemployment is at an all-time high, and labor participation rates are at all-time lows.”

What does the much-lamented skills gap actually cost U.S. companies? With researchers from London-based Centre for Economic Research, D’Arcy set out to calculate that. Their conclusion: More than $13 billion a month, or roughly $160 billion a year.

Employers’ struggle to find new hires with the right skills, the study notes, is a drag on GDP in two ways. First, the company misses out on potential output, so…

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