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Eating out in San Francisco is about to get a few percentage points more expensive, if service industry workers get their way.
There's a movement afoot to make a 25 percent gratuity the norm in San Francisco restaurants, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Some high-end restaurant owners support the move, which would force customers used to 15 to 20 percent gratuities to dig deeper into their pockets.
But will it work, especially in a city frequented by tourists from Europe, where tipping -- seemingly -- doesn't exist?
A survey of Contra Costa County locals, some of whom claim to eat in San Francisco from time to time, would suggest that the gratuity boost will be failed policy -- and indeed, could result in less tips.
Mike Alexander of Antioch said, "They have to be kidding. The whole purpose of a tip is to reward service. If the price is dictated it's not a tip. If they're serious they'll meet a lot of resistance. It seems like everyone is trying to squeeze another buck out of us."
"If they try it, people will vote with their feet," said Candel Garcia. "Tips should be earned, not expected. I usually tip 10 percent or 15 percent, which I think is fair. If they really want a bigger tip they might try to increase their service to justify it."