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NYC Restaurant Eliminates Tips, Offers Servers Benefits Instead

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A New York city sushi restaurant is shaking things up by refusing to accept tips. Don’t worry though, it’s not a scheme to deprive servers of their hard-earned cash — Sushi Yasuda makes up for the lack of tips by providing its employees with a salary and a benefits package containing vacation days, sick leave, and health insurance. That’s a pretty sweet deal, especially in an industry where many servers work for as little as $2.13 an hour because of the belief that they make enough in tips to bridge the gap between pocket change and minimum wage. And Sushi Yasuda even includes a classy little disclaimer on their receipt so that customers don’t get confused by the unconventional system:

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All in all, we’re impressed by Sushi Yasuda’s dedication to making a difference in the service industry. We’re not sure if their way of doing things will catch on in the rest of the good old U S of A, but we’d definitely be down to see more servers with vacation leave and sick pay. Keep on doing what you’re doing, Sushi Yasuda.

H/T + PicThnx ThinkProgress

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1 reply on “NYC Restaurant Eliminates Tips, Offers Servers Benefits Instead”

It would be amazing if all restaurants did this. No one would worry about under tipping or calculating how much to tip awkwardly. But the restaurant looks like a more upscale place that could easily do something so nice, and probably doesn’t have nearly as many employees like a large chain. If I saw a business like Denny’s advocating for it and actually doing it, then it would be much more likely to happen elsewhere.

Thanks for sharing!

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