Federal Appeals Court Says Yes, Starbucks Baristas Have To Share Tips With Supervisors

Starbucks baristas had kept fighting to keep customer tips out of the hands of shift supervisors after a court ruled in June that they’d have to share. Assistant managers are still out of the loop, but the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that because shift supervisors do a lot of the same work as baristas, they deserve the extra cash. [More]

Restaurant Has No Choice: It’ll Allow Customer Who Didn’t Agree With Waitress’ Lifestyle Back

Restaurant Has No Choice: It’ll Allow Customer Who Didn’t Agree With Waitress’ Lifestyle Back

While it might seem unlikely that the customer who stiffed a waitress and wrote on the receipt that he or she didn’t agree with the lesbian waitress’ lifestyle would think, “Hmm, now’s a good time to go back there to eat,” if the patron decides to do so, it’s not like the restaurant could, or would, stop them from doing so. [More]


Waitress Says Customer Denied Her A Tip Because She Disagreed With Her Lifestyle

We don’t like how it’s apparently becoming a trend for customers to choose to not only stiff their servers on tips, but to then explain that it’s because of how they “live their lifestyle” which translates to, “because you’re gay and I disagree with that, you don’t get a tip.” A waitress in New Jersey says that’s what just happened to her on a $93.55 bill. [More]


Here’s What Servers Look Like When You Tip Them $200

Do you know what would be really nice? If this duo of merry pranksters handing out $200 tips to servers and recording their reactions would swing by St. Louis and visit the waitress who was duped into thinking she’d gotten a $200,000 gratuity. [More]

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Waitress Has A Few Questions For Customer Who Left Her A Bogus $200,000 Tip

It’s a beautiful day when someone gives you a lump of money — the sun is suddenly shining brightly and little birds come swooping out of the heavens to trill a melodious tune in your ears! But while one waitress in St. Louis thought she had received her happy financial ending in the form of a $200,000 tip, the reality is she was only left with questions. Number one on that list: Why would you give someone a tip that amounts to nothing? [More]

Red Lobster says it backs its server.

Red Lobster Server Briefly Suspended After Posting Photo Of Receipt With Racial Slur

Upon hearing the news that Red Lobster suspended the server who posted a photo of a receipt with a racial slur written on it, your first reaction might be “Whoa, hold up — that is supremely unfair and I am very angry and shaking my fist at Red Lobster!” But while it’s true that she was temporarily suspended, she’s now back at work with Red Lobster’s blessing. [More]

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Restaurant Staff Make Facebook Meme Calling Native Americans Bad Tippers, Get Fired

Posting a Facebook meme mocking your customers: bad. Stepping into the global war regarding the subject of tipping when you work in a restaurant: worse. What elevated the actions of some employees of barbecue chain Famous Dave’s to social media infamy was the overt racism in their Facebook post, which joked about terrible tips during the United Tribes International Pow Wow. [More]

People Have Been Ranting About Tipping In The NY Times Since 1899

People Have Been Ranting About Tipping In The NY Times Since 1899

While NY Times restaurant critic Pete Wells made headlines last week with his scathing takedown of restaurant tipping, he’s hardly the first person to speak negatively about tipping in the pages of the Gray Lady. In fact, the Times has been down on tips since at least the late 19th Century. [More]

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Red Lobster “Extremely Disturbed” By Reports Of Racist Comment On Server’s Receipt

Another day, another receipt controversy pushing buttons all over the place. After a Red Lobster waitress posted a photo of a customer’s receipt where instead of a tip was a racial slur, the restaurant says it’s “extremely disturbed” by the situation. Meanwhile the server is facing critics who claim she added the comment herself after getting stiffed on the tip. [More]


Are These The Final Days Of Automatic 18% Tips At Restaurants?

Many restaurants have a policy of automatically adding a 15-20% tip for large groups of diners, but that practice may be going the way of the dinosaur as a new revision to IRS income tax rules will make such auto-gratuities less attractive to servers and management. [More]


NY Times Restaurant Critic Rips Tipping A New One

New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells usually saves his vitriol for eateries that don’t meet his standards, like his infamous 2012 review of Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen and Bar. But Wells’ latest target is the even more controversial institution of tipping restaurant servers. [More]

The Tweet heard 'round the world.

Food Truck Worker: I Was Fired For Calling Out Customers Who Didn’t Tip On $170 Order

While sit-down restaurant diners customarily leave tips, gratuities are much more rare in the to-go food business. But when an eatery goes out of its way to accommodate a customer, it’s not unheard of for that customer to toss a few extra dollars in. So when a food truck worker in Manhattan saw his crew had been left without a tip on a $170 order placed by a multinational shareholder advisory service, he took his frustration to Twitter — and got fired for it. [More]


The Argument For Abolishing Restaurant Tips

As any Consumerist reader knows, tipping is a hot-button topic, with some people arguing that they will only leave a tip when they receive excellent service, while others point out that most tipped employees — especially in restaurants — make well below minimum wage and rely on tips for survival. Then there are those who attempt to make the case that tipping should just be done away with, as it has been in most of the world. [More]


Court: Starbucks Baristas Only Have To Share Tips With Shift Supervisors, Not Asst. Managers

In the fight over who gets to dig their hands into the Starbucks tip jar at the end of the day, everyone is coming out kind of a winner. Well, except for assistant managers, but they already earn salaries and have benefits, so that’s pretty winner-y. A court says baristas must share their tips, but only with shift supervisors. [More]

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NYC Restaurant Tells Customers That Tipping Is Not Allowed

As we’ve discussed here many, many times, restaurant wait staff often rely on tips because their base pay is generally far below the minimum wage level. Since tipping is an anomaly overseas, waiters in most other countries are paid a living wage. Thus, one sushi restaurant in Manhattan, which claims it has always paid its employees well, has recently started telling customers that tips will not be accepted. [More]

Man Leaves $1,000 Tip On $60 Bill So Waitress Can Finally Take Dream Trip To Italy

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There must be something in the water lately and if there is, we need to get ourselves a big ol’ glass of it: Just last week a customer left a $446 tip on a $6 Steak ‘N Shake bill, and now another generous patron has splashed out with a $1,000 tip on a $60 restaurant tab so the waitress can finally go on that trip to Italy she’s been hoping for. [More]

The receipt showing the  $446 tip.

Steak ‘n Shake Waitress Scores $446 Tip On $6 Check

It’s nice to ride toward the end of the week with a happy tipping-related story for a change. A waitress at a Steak ‘n Shake eatery in Indianapolis got the biggest bonus of her life when a diner left a 7,433% tip. [More]

Restaurant Learns Instagram Isn’t Intended For Hurling Racial Slurs At Bad Tippers

Restaurant Learns Instagram Isn’t Intended For Hurling Racial Slurs At Bad Tippers

Someone at a restaurant in Delaware missed the class where they explain that the usual place to vent racially biased frustration at a customer is on the receipt, as the eatery is now having to do a lot of apologizing for things that showed up on its Instagram page. [More]