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This Bar Will Ban Tipping And Just Pay A Living Wage

on 17/03/14 at 9:23 am

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Public_OptionThe Public Option is a new brewpub that will be open in Washington, DC by late summer or early fall. But according to the Washington City Paper, it will also be unique: it will ban customers from tipping and instead simply pay its workers a living wage.

Owner Bill Perry will pay workers at least $15 an hour and put notes on tables and the website explaining that waitstaff won’t accept tips. If anyone still leaves tips on the table, the staff will decide on a charity to donate it to.

“We are uncomfortable with the dynamic that is created by tipping,” Perry told the paper. “We may end up crashing and burning, but we’re going to give it a try.”

A few restaurants around the country have done similar things, telling customers not to tip and instead just compensating workers well. At Sushi Yasuda, an upscale sushi restaurant in New York City, bills come with a note instead of a line for a tip: “Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary. Therefore gratuities are not accepted.” They not only get better pay but vacation days, sick leave, and health insurance. Other high-end restaurants in the city have also banned tipping in favor of better pay.