Restaurant Sparks Debate By Giving All Tips To Employee Of The Month Instead Of Splitting Them

Rae Batchelor
A tip jar.
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There's nothing more unifying in the world than complaining about work. Even people who absolutely love their jobs will do it — I mean, don't tell my boss, but I complain about work all the time. Sometimes, though, those complaints can be a lot more serious than "getting too many emails" or "not enough snacks in the breakroom."

One Reddit post has opened up a discussion about a controversial and unusual tipping practice they noticed at a restaurant near them.

The practice of tipping can be controversial.

Maggie from the Simpsons holding out a tip jar.

There are a lot of different arguments when it comes to tipping. While it can be a way for servers and restaurant staff to make a lot of cash, some people also think that they should be paid a living wage in order to not have to rely on tips in the first place.

While a lot of places will "tip out" and split the tips received by wait staff among the rest of the staff in the restaurant, one restaurant's unusual tipping practice was spotted by a Redditor and shared to the site.

"It's a pizza place franchise with recent high turnover," shared Reddit user VeryUnscientific.

A tip jar that states the contents will go to the employee of the month.
reddit | VeryUnscientfic

They shared the tip jar, with a fair amount of cash in it, with an unusual note attached reading "TIP JAR: will go to employee of the month" with a smiley face next to the note.

"Shouldn't they just split it all each day?" the post asks, and Reddit had a lot of opinions on the subject.

"This would just make me not leave a tip at all," wrote one Reddit user.

A drawn tip jar stuffed with cash that reads "Leave a big tip"
Giphy | Sarah The Palmer

"Sounds like the boss' best friend makes more money at the expense of everyone else," another commenter added.

"This makes me not use the tip jar. Tips go to who served you. Tipping is stupid tho and people should be paid fairly," wrote one user.

Some people were here for the idea, with one user writing, "Doesn’t this really depend on where this tip jar is located? What if the tip jar is by the front desk and everyone takes turns using it. Or maybe the employees like a challenge who knows."

The picture raised some very important questions for some users.

A small tip jar.
Unsplash | Dan Burton

"Just out of curiosity, how much is the employee of the month getting? Is it always the same person? Do the amounts vary significantly? All of these are huge red flags for wage theft," asked one user.

What do you think? Is the practice unfair or is it a unique way to inspire employees? Let us know how you feel in the comments!