Surcharging May Become the New Tipping in NYC

November 12, 2015 – In The News
The New York Post

Carolyn Richmond was featured in The New York Post article, “Surcharging may become the new tipping in NYC.” Full text can be found in the November 13, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

A growing number of restaurants are looking to take tipping out of diners’ hands as early as January 1 and replace it with a 20 to 30 percent surcharge to help pay for rising wages and health care costs. However, including surcharges in bills at restaurants is currently illegal in New York City.

“I get several calls a week from restaurant owners who want to add a surcharge,” said Carolyn Richmond. “But I have to tell them it’s not allowed.”