The One Law That Can Save Idaho Servers
As the old saying goes: "If you can't afford to tip, don't go out to eat."
Being a server is one of the jobs most people could get that can put food on the table without a degree. Whether you need a full-time job, are a student trying to get by, or just want to make some extra money, working in the service industry can be extremely rewarding... if people tip.
Home of the worst tippers?
Sadly, yes. According to Bar and Restaurant, Idaho is home to some of the worst tippers in the country, behind only California and Oregon, with 50% of residents tipping 15% or less.
It's crazy to imagine but yes, $15 on a $100 bill doesn't cut it, especially at a time when the cost of eggs can make up half of your grocery bill. This could be especially bad for the service industry in Idaho and have a domino effect on the workforce... does "staff shortages" ring a bell to anyone?
What's the solution?
While some establishments tack on a gratuity for large parties, tipping is "legally optional"... but should it remain that way?
There is a lot that goes into waiting tables or serving in general - from cleaning to prepping, putting up with loud and/or obnoxious children at the table, servers do it all. What if there was a mandatory tip included in the bill of restaurants per state law? Would this make the service industry workforce more enticing and result in fewer staff shortages?
Let's look at the pros and cons of making mandatory tipping in Idaho a law...