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Restaurant Employees Weigh in on No More Tips

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Currently, in Rehoboth Beach, servers are paid mostly in tips, but what if your guest doesn't leave one? For some restaurants, that could be reason enough to eliminate tipping all together.   

Kyle Lawrence works at Grotto Pizza in downtown Rehoboth and says for a lot of servers, tipping is very important.

"Basically we work for tips, 20% is about a good tip, over 20% is outstanding service, so we take that as a compliment," he said. "There's more incentive to work harder and to do your job better, perform perfectly if you can if possible."

But across the country, some restaurants are getting rid of tipping, and instead are adding an administrative fee to the check. That way, servers make money even on a bad night.

Restaurant-goers, like Nick Lehmann, see the upside in this.

"I think it's a good idea," he explained. "It would be more convenient for the patrons and it would guarantee the servers money cause I mean not everybody tips well."

But for restaurant owners, like Leo Cabrera of Modern Mixture, it could also have a downside in seasonal places like Rehoboth Beach.

"During the off season it might be beneficial to employees to get whatever the rate is during the regular season," he said. "When it's busy, booming, if they get the same rate they're not going to be happy cause they're gonna be thinking that they're missing out on money."

This is not currently set to happen in Rehoboth Beach, but some said it could work for larger corporations with more employees.
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