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Restaurant owners taking tips from waitstaff

nancy | Nov 20, 2002 09:56 AM

Just got a very disturbing call from a friend of mine whose niece is a server at an upscale restaurant in downtown NYC. She said the owner demanded half of the young lady's tips for the night. I have never heard of a restaurant owner getting a percentage of the tips. Is this done? Is it legal? Is it ethical? (Doesn't sound like it is). Should my friend's niece complain to someone? (She's not a member of any union).Or should she just quit? Or is this standard operating proceedure? Sorry for all the questions.

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