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Restaurant service fees & surcharges

I’ve always found “service fees” at restaurants to be incredibly deceptive.

These are the fees they add on to the bill that are NOT a tip to the server. (mandatory tipping for large parties, that one I happily accept) Why not just increase the bill?

Our first article takes a look at that:

An Economic Perspective on Service Fees [Monday Morning Economist] – “Even though inflation has been steady over the past few months, it’s still higher than what we’re used to, and with minimum wage hikes spreading across the United States, restaurants have spent the past year looking for ways to stay profitable. One strategy they’ve adopted is adding service fees and surcharges when it comes time for customers to pay the tab.”

How to be enough [Vox] – “Our obsession with self-improvement is making us miserable.”

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