It was announced in Calgary yesterday that an Earls restaurant has started a new “program.” The restaurant has decided to do away with tipping. Instead? All customers will be hit with an automatic 16 per cent gratuity charge. (although I think they’re trying to put a happy spin on this by calling it a “hospitality charge.”) I can see both sides to this tipping tale. As a former server, guaranteed compensation is a good thing. Especially for those who really work their butts off to make the customer happy. On the other side however, as a customer, why I should I be forced to tip if both the meal and the service was bad? And what guarantee do “we” have that the 16 per cent will actually go into the staff’s pockets and not just restaurant owners filling up theirs? Winnipeg is known for being a bit of a “penny-pinching” kinda town. Would something like this fly here? My guess? I think not. Let me know your thoughts !