Why don't fast food places lobby for an increase in tipped minimum wage?
May 27, 2014 11:33 PM Subscribe
It seems like fast food places are at a huge disadvantage compared to tipping restaurants since they have to pay their staff so much more (around $5 per hour).
posted by stray thoughts to Work & Money (9 answers total)
The cost to eat at a casual tipped restaurant is very similar to fast food until you add the tip in and people don't really count the tip when price comparing, at least in my personal experience. Why don't they try to level the playing field by calling for an increase in the tipped minimum wage? It seems like a publicity win by saying servers should be paid a reasonable wage and it would raise restaurant prices so the fast food places would be more competitive.
Is there some secret restaurant/fast food non-interference pact I don't know about, do all the fast food places also own tipping restaurants or some other reason? I know this isn't the most earth shattering question but it really gets stuck in my head every time a discussion about tipping comes up. Theories are fine but if you can back it up with links to reputable sources, that would be the most helpful.