A Chinese restaurant that I frequented was closed.
The boss is a Guangdong uncle, he told me that there are two reasons for closing the store, one is the rise in the cost of raw materials, meat, vegetables, seasonings have not risen, especially seafood ingredients, this year has risen outrageously, so that only the price of vegetables has risen, but the price of vegetables has risen, there are fewer people to eat, and profits have not increased but fallen.
The second is that the waiter is not easy to find, and the back kitchen used to be staring at itself, but when he is older, he can't keep an eye on it, and there is no suitable person to hire outside, so he doesn't want to stick to it anymore.
In the view of Uncle Guangdong, in the next one or two years, not only Chinese restaurants, but also the entire American catering industry, except for fast food restaurants, many will close, because there is a stubborn problem in American catering is the problem of tipping, and American restaurants are asking for tips to an outrageous extent.
I deeply agree with Uncle Guangdong's opinion. Since I came to the United States, I was often troubled by the tip problem: at first, because I didn't develop a habit, I forgot it when I checked out, and I was chased to the door by the waiter and asked repeatedly what was wrong with their service and dishes.
Later, the restaurant directly printed the tip option on the receipt, there are 10%, 15%, 18%, you check it yourself, but recently I found that many restaurants have no 10% option, it has become 20%. To be honest, at a time when a family spends one or two hundred dollars on a meal at every turn, the 20% tip is no longer a small number, and I believe that many Americans are starting to reduce eating out, which should have something to do with it.
Recently, there was a video in the American self-media that caused widespread controversy. A white waitress complained that several European tourists chatted in the store for two hours after eating a big meal, and only then gave her a 10% tip, which was simply a shame on the face of Europeans and disrespectful of her service, where did the gentlemanly demeanor of Europe go?
I took a look at the receipt she showed on the video, and several European tourists ate $670 for that meal, which means that she has already received a $67 tip for this order, and she is not satisfied?
What surprised me even more was that there were hundreds of American netizens who helped her complain, thinking that European waiters have high salaries and it is understandable to charge a small amount of tips, but American waiters have low salaries and rely on tips for their income, and it is too stingy to tip only 10%.
There is a classic message from a European netizen in the back, he thinks that the problem of low wages should be solved by the waitress and her employer, and cannot be spread on the consumer's head, he really can't imagine a $130 tip, what kind of value-added service the consumer will get, which is ridiculous.
This is not a tip, it is a protection fee, American catering companies allow waiters to be so nonsense, and the end result can only be that customers are overburdened, reduce the frequency of eating out, and eventually the restaurant will go out of business.
I think the views of European netizens are very reasonable, if Chinese catering companies die from landlords, then American catering companies must die from tips in the future.