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In a US restaurant, do you still tip if you know that the tip does not go to the waiter?

whatever tip the customers leave go to the owner of the restaurant. This is illegal. Please report. E.g., in WA state, report here.
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In a US restaurant, do you still tip if you know that the tip does not go to the waiter?

In addition to Franck Dernoncourts answer outlining the legal side, I'd like to address the ethical side, because you explicitly referred to ethics in your question. The ethical thing is to not be a ...
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In a US restaurant, do you still tip if you know that the tip does not go to the waiter?

While I don't disagree with the suggestion to report the situation, that will take time; and unless one of the wait staff is willing to come forward it may not go anywhere. In the meantime, to answer ...
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In a US restaurant, do you still tip if you know that the tip does not go to the waiter?

Other people have addressed the legal side and recommended to not visit the establishment if you know about illegal behavior. Purely from an ethical standpoint I would say it is always ethical to not ...
Lichtbringer's user avatar
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In a US restaurant, do you still tip if you know that the tip does not go to the waiter?

Also in addition to Frank Dernoncourt’s and gerrit’s answers: With regards to tipping someone, I will typically physically hand an employee cash, because wage theft in tipping is more common than you ...
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In a US restaurant, do you still tip if you know that the tip does not go to the waiter?

My answer in no way disagrees with anyone who states that this arrangement is illegal, that the best course of action is to not patronize the establishment, or that tipping is not required. These are ...
Stephan Samuel's user avatar
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In a US restaurant, do you still tip if you know that the tip does not go to the waiter?

My experience in the industry tells me that that's an atypical arrangement. I suggest putting cash in the server's hand. That's what I do whenever possible.
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