Owners shouldn’t get a cut of restaurant tips
Do you ever wonder where your tip money goes? To the waiter? The busboy? Maybe you don’t think about it, but if it’s just lining the pockets of the owner, then I care.
An Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament says that’s exactly what happens in some cases, which is why on Monday Michael Prue introduced a private member’s bill that makes changes to the province’s Employment Standards Act, banning owners and managers from taking a cut from the waiters’ tips. It would still be up to restaurants to decide how waiters split tips with the rest of the staff.
‘The manager expecting a portion of the tips is [a form] of blackmail’
“The bill is very simple. We are not opposed to what is called a bill sharing, but we are opposed to what is called a tip out,” said Mr. Prue, who is introducing the bill for a second time after it died at the committee level before the most recent provincial election. “The manager expecting a portion of the tips is [a form] of blackmail.”
Before you say who cares, consider how much you spend on restaurants in a given year. According to Statistics Canada, the average couple spends $1,850 a year on restaurants. At a 15% tipping rate, that’s about $275 annually in gratuities.
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