Keep Your Change: This Restaurateur Says Customers Aren’t Ready To Ditch Tipping

Keep Your Change: This Restaurateur Says Customers Aren't Ready To Ditch Tipping

A waiter reaches for plates at a restaurant in San Francisco. Nearly all restaurants in the U.S. operate under the tip system: Servers and those in the back of the house — chefs, line cooks, dishwashers, etc. — are paid a lower-than-average standard minimum wage, and then they earn tips to make up for the pay disparity. (Eric Risberg/AP)

FILE – In this Dec. 7, 2011, a waiter reaches for plates at a restaurant in San Francisco. Restaurants must pay waiters and bartenders minimum wage when they are engaged in tasks such as cleaning toilets that are unrelated to their main jobs and do not offer tips, a divided U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. At issue in the decision by an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a federal law that allows an employer to pay workers who receive tips as little as $2.13 an hour as long as their tips earn them minimum wage. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)