No Tip No Service

A discussion came up on another site about a woman who was banned from a Japanese restaurant in Winston-Salem for not tipping. Here's the link on a site called able2know.org
http://able2know.org/topic/142513-1
Do you think someone should be banned from eating at a restaurant for not tipping?





10 comments:

Doug Gabbard said...

Restaurants should be able to choose their customers as freely as customers choose their restaurants.

KandN said...

So . . . why did these people open a restaurant?? So wrong!
I've had a moment or or two when I've forgotten to leave a tip, but only because I was preoccupied. One of those two times I felt compelled to return, explain and leave a bigger than normal tip.

Melina Tomson, MS said...

If I was the owner and the customer was otherwise pleasant I would not have banned the customer. I think the business has every right to do so because it is their business and not mine. They are free to run their business as they so choose within the law.

G*J said...

The rebel in me has a desire to go to that restaurant and not tip just to see if they'd throw me out.

Anonymous said...

A "tip" is NOT obligatory unless the restaraunt adds a "gratuity" to the bill and states such on the check.

Banning the customer for no other reason than "bad tipping" shows a lack of care and professionalism. The owners have no business running a restaraunt.

Anonymous said...

She does this on a regular basis, not just a one time thing. This type of restaurant is a special case. Your waiter and chef are one in the same. This guys go through years of training to do what they do. She is just a cheap woman who wants to be served for free. These guys do more than just cook and serve your food, they put on a show. I've never worked in a restaurant, and I'm glad for it. I see people treat work staff like dirt all the time. I know some would say they should get a better job. But not everyone can be a doctor or lawyer there will always be people to do the service and blue collar work out there. Does that make them any less valid as a human being? I always leave a nice tip and am thankful that I don't have to put up with crap they do.

Salem Man said...

The Benihana guys definitely deserve a tip. I think it would be difficult if she shows up and they ask her to leave. Maybe the thing to do is make her portion really small or ignore her while she is at the table. If she doesn't want to pay for service, she shouldn't get any.

Anonymous said...

Ironic cuisine of restaurant for such a thing to happen. In Japan, restaurants never accept tips.

Anonymous said...

Tips are not mandatory! And she is paying for her food she isn't eating for free. People should be payed enough that they don't depend on tips, and tips are given for good service if the customer wants.

Anonymous said...

As an elderly gentleman I'd say the tip system has been corrupted by greed. People are sheep though so they'll get by with not paying a fair wage and advertising a less than honest price on the menu. They won't get it from me though.