Danny Meyer is elementimg tipping at his restaurants, and raising prices. I wonder if he'll gain price parity with WDW now?
Eliminating tipping is such garbage... I understand the concept, but we americans tip, its what we do. So even when the tip is built into the charge, it is still done, making the "tips" even larger. Think about pizza delivery. The drivers used to live on tips, then they added a delivery fee, but the tip is still there, so the driver gets both the delivery fee AND the tip.
This is not a comment about if the service deserves a tip, but adding in, or raising the price by 15-18%, and then feeling obligated to leave 5-10% on top of that seems deceptive to me.
What is driving Meyer are a couple of things: NY is a global city and frequently his wait staff are stiffed by Europeans. He's apparently tired of the accounting, the pooling, the hassle etc - and so are his people.
He's going to raise their wages, raise prices to compensate, and everyone from from front to back of house will benefit - which is the object of working: to benefit.
"We Americans" .. lol This American is more than capable of changing my habits.
Englishman Scott refused to use dogs to reach the South Pole because "We British walk" Norwegian Amundsen used dogs and got there first, Scott froze to death on the way back.
Anyway... learn to bake your own pizza. its easy and the appreciation from the household is better than any tip you'd give a delivery driver!
Since Disney has always taken/borrowed much from NYC will this become a Shake Shack? Or possibly Meyer's newest NYC location, Porchlight?
Just keep The Chews host (who is now in Epcot) Mario Batali away from all Disney restaurants. Batali was skimming tips off of staff for years. And ended up having to pay $5 million in court.
And since bartenders and servers get paid about $3 an hour, Disney better pay reasonable wages if servers/bartenders aren't getting tips.
@Anonymous #2: There are many ideals held sacred here in the United States. Freedom. Equality. The pursuit of happiness. While we haven't always been good at ensuring that every citizen is able to enjoy those things, I'd say that most of us still believe they are an inherent part of who we are.
You know what's not one of those ideals? Tipping.
Times change and customs change. Imagine going back to the 50s and telling people their bank was going to charge them to take out their money (ATM fees) or that they'd be paying over $100/month to watch TV (cable). No one would have believed you.
Personally, when I'm very old, I'd love to be able to tell stories about the old days when restaurant servers had to survive off of tips.
Alex, are you Danny Meyer or Mario Batali? LOL!!!!!
Good day sir. :)
Lol @ the complaints about delivery fees. That money doesn't go to the person delivering... It helps cover the insurance costs of having drivers.