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Restaurant Policies Regarding Splitting Tips

I work as a waitress in a restaurant that keeps a percentage of our tips from booked parties. We do not know what the total is, but we do know that he adds a 20% tipping fee to their bill.


Don't we have a right to know what the bill was in order to know if we are being tipped out fairly?

By Janet from NY

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December 24, 20090 found this helpful

You do but to my knowledge their are no restaurant organization "guidelines". Gratuities are setup by the business and their practice or fairness is also decided by the business. If you trust your employer just ask. If you don't trust your employer then you probably already know the answer.

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January 2, 20100 found this helpful

I've worked for restaraunts who charge 18 % and give the staff 15% and keep the 3%. usually the 3-5% goes to the banquet manager for her part in setting up menu, decorating etc.


Can you figure out what they quote per person or does it change? Usually it is a set price per person per meal. then you could have a set price in your head to see if he is really ripping you off.

I've also worked in a place that charged us the credit card rate for each transaction our customer charged (the facility gets charged 2-3% for a credit card transaction) this would amount to $6-7 a day and we only made $2.13 an hour.

My advise to you is to figure out what you make an hour, is it worth it for down time/time spent not actually doing the serving. If not find another gig.

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