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New Yorkers Back Restaurant Tipping, Say No to Menu Price Increases

Monday, 02 Nov 2015 01:29 PM

New Yorkers, known for fast-paced lifestyles that require frequent dining out, oppose a budding trend to eliminate restaurant tipping by increasing menu prices, according to a Quinnipiac university poll released on Monday.

By a margin of 56 percent to 39 percent, residents polled in all five city boroughs said they would rather keep tipping in sit-down restaurants than pay 20 percent higher meal prices to subsidize worker salaries, according to poll results.

"Most New Yorkers like this dining tradition just the way it is," Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll said in a statement.

The poll was taken after influential restaurateur Danny Meyer announced last month he would eliminate tipping at 13 of his New York City restaurants and increase base wages by about 25 percent for cooks and servers while raising base prices.

Experts have said such a move would start the industry rethinking the centuries-old practice.

But no majority of surveyed New Yorkers in a single borough, gender, age group, political party affiliation, or other identifier said they would be willing to pay more for meals to eliminate tips.

The lowest opposition group to no-gratuity dining was Manhattan residents, of which 41 percent said they supported a ban on tipping for higher meal prices.

While the people surveyed said they would rather not pay more to dine at sit-down restaurants, the majority said they would be willing to pay higher menu prices for fast food if it meant employees were paid more.

By a margin of 70 percent to 27 percent, they supported raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour over the next three years from the current $8.75, according to the poll results.

More than 1,150 people were surveyed from Oct. 22 to 28 for the poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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