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February 4th, 2011
02:14 PM ET

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Mandatory Tips Foreign-Language Diners
A Waikiki restaurant is causing a stir with the fine print on its menu which reads:  "A 15 percent gratuity will be added to your check for parties of six or more and for non-English speaking guests."  According to the AP, the restaurant said it is merely trying to help it's wait staff because its costumer base includes many international travelers, who, by custom, do not tip. via AP

George W. Bush warns of "Nativist"
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Sumo 'Fixing' Scandal
Japan's national sport of sumo wrestling was rocked by a match-fixing scandal yesterday after three wrestlers admitted to rigging bouts.  Japan's Kyodo News Service claimed that Tokyo Police found suspicious messages on a number of wrestlers' phones that suggested fight outcomes were planned and money changed hands.  Naoto Kan, the country's Prime Minister, said "Sumo is our national sport. If match-fixing has occurred, it is a very serious betrayal of the people."  This is the latest controversy to hit sumo after a gambling scandal emerged last July.  via CNN


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    they dont need tips thats what they work for and no more bushes in the whitehouse

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  58. Roy Wiprud

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  59. Jerry

    Mandatory tips foreign-language diners
    Great idea. We should do that more for of the non english speaking. Also, we should find other reasons to charge them. If everyone speaks english it will help america live easier.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  60. KevinM

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  61. Kyle

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    Having worked as a server for many years in various places I certainly have an appreciation for tipping in restaurants.

    In Europe, it is customary for gratuity to be automatically factored into the check so tipping is not neccessary.

    Perhaps foreigners assume the same practice applies here and thus they don't tip.

    I think it would solve the problem for American restaurants to adopt the European tipping model.
    ps
    Foreigners aren't the only ones who don't tip.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  62. Bill Eggert

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    February 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  63. martha robinson

    sure , make the tips mandatory, I was in the restaurant business for twenty years, and waiting on foreigners is no easy task. We went to Italy a couple of years ago and they charge $2 per person. Sometimes the servers did well other times I would have liked to tip them well

    February 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
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  66. Manny Artiles

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    AS a waiter here in Miami Beach there is nothing more frustrating then having been stiffed by foreigners visiting here.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  67. Gordon

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  68. Dorcy Corbin

    Considering that Japenese tourist are everywhere and in Japan tips are not given, it doesn't seem like that "story" is really a story. Bush and idea...surely you jest. Go with obese people have scandels too!

    February 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  69. Rachel

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  70. Eric Roberts

    I have even a better idea...how about this cheap restaurant owners pay their employee's wages like everyone else instead of pushing that responsibility on to their customers. I think we should boycott restaurants until these scrooges start doing the right thing and stop being cheap B******* and start paying full wages. As a customer, it is not my responsibility to pay their wage....only for my food.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  71. joyce

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  72. wingswille

    Mandatory tips foreign-language diners, good idea, will help force green card people to speak english in public. I believe it is very rude to speak foreign language in public in front of others. Most foreigners speak english as taught in their schools.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  73. Kathleen

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  74. Dorcy Corbin

    Considering that Japenese tourist are everywhere and in Japan tips are not given, it doesn't seem like that "story" is really a story.They need to be "forced" to tip. Bush and idea...surely you jest. Go with obese people have scandels too!

    February 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
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  78. Bill Eggert

    @Jerry
    My guess is the restaurant simply wants to do what is already standard in many foreign counties, with the tip included in the bill. Foreign diners may not be aware of this fact and as a result, skip out on the tip. Really not that crazy of an idea

    February 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
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  84. Eric Roberts

    How much of the issue of black unemployment is due to culture where if a black man or woman is too smart, they are accused of being too white or where education takes a back seat to just about everything else. I think the problem starts at home. Parents need to start putting a greater emphasis on education.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  85. Barbara

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  86. Joe D

    I suppose that would be a good idea, since they do this in large Italian cities. They even charge for the table clothes.
    They can afford to come here they should pay for service.

    JD

    February 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  87. Ellen Blue

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    If he has something to say that might help tone down the current anti-immigrant rhetoric, it would be important to give it space in the public discourse.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  88. Kelleigh

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    Working in the service industry i can attest to the way servers feel about serving foreigners. They are guests we look at and do not provide as good of service too because they do not tip well and follow American customs. Servers are people who make less than minimum wage in most States. What ever happened to "When in Rome, do as the Romans."

    February 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  89. Alex

    International diners choose not to tip, but American servers are still taxed 10% of their sales. SALES! Not tips. SALES. When someone doesn't tip, those servers still have to pay tax. In other words, they are paying the diner to serve them.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  90. Joe D

    Mandatory Tips is a good idea.
    JD

    February 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
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  93. John

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    February 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  94. Helen

    Mandatory tips are nothing new,I was in Europe and regardless if you were a foreighner or not they add 15% tips on your bill,but you do not leave tips for the server,the reason they said was,they share the tips with all the workers,I wonder though,so we did leave extra tips for our server,and my relatives gave me heck.Is not only in restaurants is all over in other services Taxi drivers and so on.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
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    February 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
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