Restaurant Says New 20 Percent Service Charge Isn't A Tip
A restaurant in Colorado said it will soon give its servers a substantial raise. However, the new system bans tips, but can that be enforced?By Ryan Biek | July 8, 2015
"There was a time it was just really slow for a whole week. And, you know, as a server you're not making money when people aren't coming in, and it was really difficult," server Michele Spatola told KMGH.
According to Newsy's partners at KMGH, servers at the Italian restaurant Abrusci’s in Colorado will soon be making $20 an hour, compared to the old rate of $5.21. Servers can also expect paid vacation and sick days. And to top it all off, 20 percent service charges are guaranteed.
The restaurant's owner Nancy Progar told KMGH, "We were trying to help them, all of our staff, earn a livable wage. Then we started to see this trend across the country where a lot of restaurants are going to no tipping."