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April 18, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Tipping on top of a $15 minimum wage creates a higher expectation of good service

Letter writer David Rader’s argument against including tips as part of wages actually makes the case for exactly that [“If tips are counted as wages, why not tip everyone?” Northwest Voices, April 16].

If we make $15 an hour the minimum, what are restaurants going to do? Raise prices. That means, not only would my meal cost more, but the tip would be more too — if I continue calculating it as 15 percent.

Further, tips are counted as part of your taxes. So they are wages.

And, Rader seems to think tips are for appreciation of good service. That’s an anachronism from a bygone era. These days, tips are expected, even demanded. If you don’t give a big-enough one, you are publicly shamed. For large parties, tips are automatically included in the bill. I once had a pizza-delivery guy give himself a tip after leaving my house. I’ve never ordered from them again.

Isn’t a tip my choice? And what does any of this have to do with the quality of the service?

If Rader gets his way, I’ll tell you what I’m doing: I’m giving 5 percent tips, unless someone gives me really good service. They’ll have to actually earn it now, because you won’t need the extra money anymore.

Dan Magill, Seattle

Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Dan Magill, David Rader, Minimum Wage

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