Breakfast Buzz: Should more restaurants adopt a no-tipping model?

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WATCH ABOVE: Earls 67 on Stephen Avenue Mall just reopened on Friday and they have a new tipping model. Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports – Jul 11, 2016

An Earls location in Calgary has done away with tipping. Instead, customers will find a 16 per cent “hospitality charge” on their bills.

READ MORE: Calgary Earls location eliminates tipping, replaces it with 16% ‘hospitality charge’

Earls vice-president of operations, Craig Blize, said the company has done a lot of research around the no-tipping model.  He said it’s happening in New York and in other major cities in the U.S.

Some restaurants in Vancouver and Toronto are also experimenting with the new system.

The money from the charge is split between all staff to avoid wage disparity often found in the restaurant industry.

Blize adds that they are testing this model at Earls.67 in Calgary, to see if it “promotes teamwork, promotes engagement – that will hopefully result in a better guest experience.”

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