Some restaurants are ditching tipping. And this new trend could affect how you dine out.
The switch is a way for some restaurants to offset the cost of increasing the minimum wage.
In 2017, 21 states and Washington, D.C., are expected to increase their minimum wage — some as little as 5 cents and others as much as $2.
A restaurant owner in San Francisco told NPR he got rid of tipping partly because of the city's minimum wage law.
"There are a number of city mandates that are expensive, and the imminent $16 minimum wage is among those, so it's been very much on restaurant owners' minds how to compensate differently," Thad Vogler said.
In some states, a server can make as little as $2.13 an hour before tips. With a no-tipping policy, the idea is that employees can bring home a more predictable hourly wage — and restaurant owners can protect their bottom line.
So some owners have been upping the price of menu items. But the switch isn't working for everyone.
Would you pay for a higher-priced meal if you didn't have to tip?