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Starbucks' Tipping Point

All the dramz over Starbucks supervisors accepting tips, a no-no in California, now has other retailers and restaurants all in a tizzy. One local cafe owner, who wished to remain anon "for fear of falling on the wrong side of the tip debate," said "Eighty percent of the people who work behind the counters are supervisors, so it would be unfair if we allowed the crew people to take all the tips. They would be making more money than the supervisors." Others, like Red Mango, only allow employees on the lowest end of the pay scale to accept tips. The customers who leave that pocket change assume it goes to the barista pulling the shot: "When you give, you can't really ask where it's going. Plus, it would hold up the line." [LAT; previously]

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