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Taveras, 41, was charged on September 5 with misdemeanour theft of services after he and fellow diners argued with managers at Soprano's Italian and American Grill in Lake George, New York over a required 18 per cent tip for large parties.
Thankfully charges have been dropped.
Coming from a country that tipping is a standard I think this is prudent and makes sense but hey I have been on the receiving end when I waited tables so I can relate.
On the flip side my tip % goes down when good and prompt service is not received (unless I can see they are swamped).
I've noticed that the service in Europe is usually poor, and in the US, out of 50 times, maybe you'll get bad service once.
It seems like waiters in non-tipping countries don't give a cr** about their jobs. They are poorly paid, so why should they bust their behinds - there is no extra incentive (tips).
Of course....., I could be wrong.
Resturants should be forced to pay their staff, comparable wages for comparable work. So tipping becomes a sole discretion for good service.
The resturant is responsible for pay their staff, not the patrons. And if the resturant can't afford to pay the staff decent wages, then raise the price of the food.
I remember a steak house in Canada called <snip>. Back in the days they could pay under-18's less than older staff, they use to fire everyone on their 18th birthday, so they did not have to pay them more, regardless of how good of an employee they were. I don't know if anybody took them to court for age discrimination, but I have never eaten their in the past 20 years, due to their mistreatment of employees.
[edited by: lawman at 8:25 pm (utc) on Sep. 18, 2004]