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[–] Woohhaa 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Would workers who had previously worked for tips in the past be paid the minimum wage? If so would the tradition of tipping really be phased out?

I know no one knows about the second part but I'm seriously curious what other people think.

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[–] N2theoah 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

I personally like tipping, it gives the server incentive to ensure my experience is wonderful. In the many European countries I have dinned in I can say that I have yet to find service as good as a mediocre establishment in the US.

All this said, the way that US law works is that a server must be paid the equivalent of minimum wage for each hour they work. So compensation at restaurants is set up so there is a small base hourly wage, usually below minimum wage, with the expectation that the server will be paid a tip. If the minimum wage is increased, the base wage would also increase, but not to the $15 level, as tips would still be expected to be paid.

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[–] PIK-SHOE 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Tipping is still a thing in countries with decent wages for waiters. Some, like Spain or France, you leave some spare change a couple of euros in coins, called "pourboire" ("for drink" in French, so the waiter can get a beer after work). From what I remember from my time in England, you don't tip at all unless you really liked the service.

I think people will continue tipping if they are satisfied, just not as much. Also people on a budget (college students) won't feel obligated to spend the extra money.

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[–] Bastou 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

In some European countries, there's a service fee already calculated on the invoice (like 2€ / person, just for the benefit of sitting at the table), and that covers the tip. So tipping is really unheard of and feels really weird to the waiters there, they will think you forgot your money on the table and run after you to give it back. I'm exaggerating, but not that much.