Where should restaurant tips go?

Where should restaurant tips go?

With controversy this week over how tips are split after restaurant chain Côte was accused of pocketing the cash (something it denies), we want to know where you think tips for good service should go.

Please choose the option closest to your own opinion:



Results

I’m aged under 25 (594 votes)
Straight to my waiter/waitress 296 votes (50%)
Split between all waiting staff 38 votes (6%)
Split between all restaurant staff (kitchen/waiting/cleaning) 186 votes (31%)
Direct to the restaurant if it contributes to higher wages 5 votes (1%)
Direct to the restaurant to treat it how it wishes 0 votes (0%)
I never tip 69 votes (12%)
I’m aged 25 to 34 (2520 votes)
Straight to my waiter/waitress 1179 votes (47%)
Split between all waiting staff 121 votes (5%)
Split between all restaurant staff (kitchen/waiting/cleaning) 1044 votes (41%)
Direct to the restaurant if it contributes to higher wages 21 votes (1%)
Direct to the restaurant to treat it how it wishes 4 votes (0%)
I never tip 151 votes (6%)
I’m aged 35 to 49 (4915 votes)
Straight to my waiter/waitress 2267 votes (46%)
Split between all waiting staff 215 votes (4%)
Split between all restaurant staff (kitchen/waiting/cleaning) 2202 votes (45%)
Direct to the restaurant if it contributes to higher wages 19 votes (0%)
Direct to the restaurant to treat it how it wishes 8 votes (0%)
I never tip 204 votes (4%)
I’m aged 50 to 64 (6908 votes)
Straight to my waiter/waitress 3074 votes (44%)
Split between all waiting staff 311 votes (5%)
Split between all restaurant staff (kitchen/waiting/cleaning) 3250 votes (47%)
Direct to the restaurant if it contributes to higher wages 16 votes (0%)
Direct to the restaurant to treat it how it wishes 4 votes (0%)
I never tip 253 votes (4%)
I’m aged 65+ (4087 votes)
Straight to my waiter/waitress 1650 votes (40%)
Split between all waiting staff 244 votes (6%)
Split between all restaurant staff (kitchen/waiting/cleaning) 2002 votes (49%)
Direct to the restaurant if it contributes to higher wages 22 votes (1%)
Direct to the restaurant to treat it how it wishes 1 votes (0%)
I never tip 168 votes (4%)

                   19,024 votes received.

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