You’ve had a lovely meal at a restaurant. Everything went swimmingly: the food was fabulous, the ambience spot-on, the waiter/ess was courteous, knowledgeable, efficient, and endearing. So you leave a decent tip. But would you have done so if you knew the restaurateur was pocketing your goodwill, not the individual/s who served you? The Age had has shone a spotlight on the “big tip swindle”. But is it a swindle? And do restaurateurs have a legitimate right to divert tips into the cash register?
Question of the week: Would you still tip if you knew restaurateurs, rather than wait staff, pocketed your goodwill?