Remember when I wrote not long ago about tipping?
Well, this week tipping obviously got under this guys skin but it was handled a little differently:
Charges were dropped yesterday against a Long Island man who was arrested last week for failing to leave a required 18 percent gratuity at Soprano's Italian and American Grill in Lake George, N.Y.
The Warren County district attorney, Kathleen B. Hogan, said that she had determined that the man, Humberto A. Taveras, could not be forced to pay a gratuity.
Ms. Hogan said, "A tip or gratuity is discretionary, and that's what the courts have found."
First, I can understand not leaving a tip for bad service, but for bad food? Uh, I don't think so. That's just wrong, obviously wrong. Stupidly, obviously wrong. The wait person does not cook the food. HELLO!
Okay, next, nine people ate dinner for $77.43?!
And he's surprised the meal wasn't much good....?
As I indicated before, in the my previous tipping rant, tipping doesn't work. I think tipping is a mistake and creates problems. The employer should pay their employees a reasonable wage for doing a difficult job. If they do it well. And if they do it well, they get to keep their job and they should be paid accordingly. Like the rest of us.
If it's not based on the service and it's not based on the food, then what's it based on? The waitress breast size? If it's not a tip and it's mandatory then make it a service charge. There should be a mandatory service charge, or it should be included into the price of the food. It would make people more likely to take their complaints (of anything) to the management instead of taking it out on the wait person's pocket. It would make for easier, more honest, declaration of income for the waiter and restaurant. It would create a different, more normal, relationship between the wait staff and the customer.
The problem with adding a mandatory tip to the bill of larger dining parties is that very often the restaurant does not make it clear to the diners that has been done and the customers end up - in the candlelight and wine fog and involved in conversation - paying the tip twice, not realizing that it has already been added to the bill.
I'm fine with mandatory amounts of tips for larger parties but the establishment should make it perfectly clear before the party starts!!
The fact that the guy was arrested is ridiculous! So, the Prosecutor says:
"A Mandatory Gratuity Is Just a Tip, and Thus Not Mandatory"
By JANE GOTTLIEB
Published: September 15, 2004
As it turns out, a tip is just a tip, even if you put "mandatory" in front of it.
PEOPLE!!!! We need a court to figure this out? The guy was ARRESTED and then a COURT of law had to determine the definition of TIP and if not tipping could mean jail time.! Holy Toledo. Of course personally I wouldn't mess around with a restaurant named "Soprano's".