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New Jersey Diner Slammed For Introducing 18 Percent Gratuity Fee

Wayne Hills Diner, a popular restaurant in New Jersey, has come under fire after the owner announced that the bills would include an 18 percent gratuity to account for students who don’t tip. Unsurprisingly, the local community are not impressed.

Melissa Desch, a local mom whose daughter attends nearby Schulyer-Colfax Middle School, has complained that the price hike at Wayne Hills Diner – a popular after-school spot for students – will affect children the most.

In an interview with WABC, Ms. Desch complained that the policy is already in place and her daughter wasn’t given any warning. “My daughter looked down at her bill and realized that there is a charge for a tip, an 18 percent charge per child,” said Ms. Desch

Despite adding a gratuity to offset children not tipping, Ms. Desch has revealed that her daughter’s receipt still included a request to leave a tip. As a long-term customer at Wayne Hills Diner, Ms. Desch – who has never received an automatic tip before – is disappointed in her favorite establishment. Ms. Desch also affirmed that the diner shouldn’t attack students and teenagers for not tipping because “they’re kids and they don’t know any better.”

“Even adults don’t always tip and it’s not anything against the servers, but you can’t assume that these kids don’t know what they’re doing,” added Ms. Desch.

Infuriated by the price gouge, Ms. Desch drove to Wayne Hills Diner herself and talked to the manager about the issue. However, after Ms. Desch expressed her dissatisfaction at the new policy, the diner’s manager had an immediate reply for the outspoken mom.

“We have kids coming in here every Friday, 20 to 25 at a time,” the manager politely responded. “The kids don’t leave no tip...My employees need to get paid. They don’t work for free."

When Ms. Desch accused Wayne Hills Diner of targeting children, the unnamed managed said: “We love the kids. They’ve been coming for years. We’re a family-owned business.” According to Fox News, the new gratuity policy has been added to the fine print of the diner’s menus.

However, the student gratuity might end up costing Wayne Hills Diner more than it saves if the establishment loses its core customer base. “There are enough parents that are willing to not let their kids go back there, and if it’s the same group she’s [her daughter] always hanging out with it could be 20, 30 kids,” Desch emphasized. “I’m never going to go back, not after this.”

Online commenters have weighed in on the divisive debate. One Fox News commenter, ‘super_dsm’ suggested that local parents were the ones acting entitled, writing: “I wonder if these kids and their parents know (or even care) that table servers often get paid far less than minimum wage (as low as 2.13 per hour) and depend on tips to earn a living. In fact, they're taxed on tips even if they don't get one!”

Another commenter quickly disagreed, writing: “They should boycott the diner. They can eat at a fast food restaurant, like MacDonald's, where there is no tipping. They are only kids.”

Source: Fox News
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