I was recently in an upscale restaurant in West Hartford, Ct and asked my waitress if tips were pooled. She said management took a cut of their tips! I was wondering if this had anything to do with recent changes in minimum wage laws or something. I have heard that wait staff in some states can no longer be paid less than minimum wage (which is pretty high in Ct). Is this something new? If I thought waitstaff were being paid a living wage I certainly would rethink my usual 20%. After all, tipping is more a tradition than anything else. If you knew waiters were paid $15-20 per hour and that tips went to the owner how much would you tip if at all?