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Even crummy tips aren’t safe from Republican taking


We recently learned that Trump’s labor department wants to change the rules so that restaurant tips would belong to restaurant owners rather than servers. Here’s a link to a story in the Guardian, “Restaurants have no right to take employees’ tips.”

The cruelty of this is just business as usual for the Republican Party. And for some reason, working people who vote for Republicans still don’t get it.

Who in the world would be willing to put up with what waiters and waitresses put up with for the pathetic federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour? If this Republican rule goes into effect, waiters and waitresses will leave their jobs in droves. Maybe the bigger, more profitable restaurant chains would be able to buy robots to do the job.

We should simply stop tipping if this happens. That’s more or less the way it works in France. American restaurants would have to rethink their prices and wages. In France, you can still leave a tip if you want to. But my understanding of the proposed Republican regulation is that it would be seen as stealing if a waiter or waitress received a tip but didn’t turn it over to management.

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