Poll: Should restaurants stop taking tips?

NoTips02_26347593_ver1.0_640_480A growing number of restaurants have stopped accepting tips and are instead raising their menu prices.

High profile Seattle restaurants like Ivar’s have made the change as they brace for the city’s minimum wage hikes.

This week ChocMo in Poulsbo became the first Kitsap restaurant (that we know of) to do away with tipping (story here). The bistro raised its menu prices by about 20 percent, equivalent to the average tip left by customers. Customers who still want to pay extra can donate to a charity fund overseen by employees.

So what do you think of the anti-tipping trend?

As a diner, would you rather pay more upfront for a meal and not worry about calculating a tip? Or would you rather have the freedom to tip based on the quality of service or your own budget?

You can vote below and share your opinion in the comment section.

Should restaurants stop accepting tips and raise menu prices instead?

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And if you’re still curious about ChocMo’s rationale for the change, I’ve posted an open letter from the restaurant’s owners below:

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