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Tipping FOH/BOH

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Tipping FOH/BOH

justxpete | Jul 29, 2013 12:10 PM

Not intending to get in to a debate about percentages and what not - but a simple question.

Can anyone see a valid reason that our tips shouldn't be split equally between FOH and BOH?

I've thought about it long, and hard, and I cannot. It seems this inequity between FOH and BOH has no basis in sound practice; both share equally in providing us with a good meal and experience.

BOH generally requires more education as well, and yet they go on to earn just barely above minimum wage, while the FOH earns perhaps 200-300% more per hour - but for what? Are they really that much more valuable to our experience than the food itself? For me, it's 50/50. Both have to be good in order for me to enjoy my meal - so I give no great value to FOH over what BOH contributes.

I've thought about trying to enforce this principal on restaurants that I dine in - but it would be a great hassle to them unless it was standard policy.

I'm not sure what the answer is, but to me, this is an issue.

Anyone else feel the same? Differently?

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