By JLP | September 5, 2008
A while back I read an article about how some restaurants are paying their hostess help less per hour and making up for it by forcing servers to share their tips with the hostess help.
NOTE: I can’t for the life of me remember where I read the article. I thought it was the Wall Street Journal but when I tried to search for it, I came up blank. If you have access to the article, please send me a link.
If this is true, then I see justification for leaving a larger tip percentage to the server. I don’t like it because I think the hostess should be paid hourly by the restaurant. I understand why restaurant management would want to change the pay structure as it is a way to save money.
I have always considered myself a fair tipper when I feel like I have received good service. I have never not left a tip but have left smaller tips for those servers who did a poor job. When the service was exceptional I have left tips in excess of 20%.
Anyway, I wonder how many restaurants are going this route and I wonder if their customers are aware of the change?