Todd DeFeo

Should NYC restaurants eliminate the tip and charge more?

New York City Skyline From the Staten Island Ferry (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

Should New York City restaurants charge patrons an extra 20 percent and eliminate the tip? No way, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month.

​Voters citywide rejected the concept by a 55-36 percent margin. ​​There was no support for the proposal among any party, gender, borough or age group, ​Quinnipiac said.

​New York City voters support by a 70-27 percent margin raising the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 per hour over the next three years. ​A total of 56 percent say a $15 minimum wage will not result in restaurant closings and loss of jobs, and 57 percent said they would pay more for fast food so workers could get higher wages.

Only Republicans opposed the measure, 60-39 percent. Republicans were also the only group unwilling to pay more, 55 – 35 percent.

​​”Here’s a tip for restaurateurs: Keep the tip. Most New Yorkers like this dining tradition just the way it is,” Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll said in a news release. “What would the poll show if we just surveyed the people who work for tips? While they don’t want to give up tipping and pay more for waiter/waitress service, New Yorkers are willing to pay more for fast food to help those workers earn more.”

About Todd DeFeo
Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.