This petition was originally started earlier last year when the option of gratuity for large parties was taken away from us. Two days after starting this petition we were given back the right to grat with a statement that the IRS taxation didn't start until 2014. Now, again, they have decided that we no longer have the right to add gratuities to checks- and the consequences are already showing up in our pockets. I have amended this petition because of the amazing support of all service industry professionals to include petitioning the IRS who placed this unfair tax on our employers. The IrS is getting their taxes either way when grats are added, but due to the taking away of this you are getting less because we are getting much less!! Please sign again and send to all your friends and family to help us get some attention to this issue, and add your stories and experiences to help us explain the ramifications of this new policy. I appreciate all the hospitality industry and their efforts...it's time the higher ups do too!! Let's do this for our hospitality family everywhere!!
**Hardworking people are losing money they've been entitled to for so long, but suddenly is being taken away. Specialty Restaurants Corporation has taken away the 18% automatic gratuity on checks for parties of 8 or more people. As tipped employees who make an hourly wage of $4.77, we depend almost completely on our tips to help support ourselves and our families. By the time taxes are taken out of our checks for the hourly wage and for our tips, we are left with a minimal amount- if any at all! Added gratuity is a practice put in place at many major restaurant chains to protect their employees, especially in restaurants whose clientele is largely based on tourism- as is our restaurant on the bay in Tampa, FL. Might I add that we do not get to keep the whole 18%, as we are tipping out based on OUR SALES as much as 3% to bussers and bartenders. That leaves us with a minimal 15% which as a stardard is the very least we customarily receive for good service. When gratuity is not added to a check, we are still responisble for the tip out based on the SALES no matter what amount of tip is received. The picture attached is an actual bill and payment made by a party who would have previously had gratuity added.
According to the company, they state that the IRS has changed policies on the categorization and taxation of gratuties. Why are other corporate restaurants not effected by this? Why are we not searching for a solution? There are many employees who've remained with the company for years- which tells you we enjoy where we work, but we feel like corporate has turned their backs on us. We are humbly asking them to research options that would allow the gratuity so we may continue to work in a place where we are able to support ourselves sufficiently.
We ask all our fellow hospitality employees, friends, families, and restaurant patrons to please sign and help bring attention to this issue. Thank you!