Tipping At Bars and Restaurants: What Are the Rules?
ST. CLOUD - Earlier this week the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that workers cannot be fired for refusing to share their tips with their co-workers.
Charlie Spanier is the General Manager of the Green Mill in St. Cloud. He says once the money is put on the table or bar it belongs to the employee, and they can do what they want with it. But, he says often times they will share it.
So there's no direction that we can give them that they have to share that with any other department in the restaurant. But, we do suggest that they tip the bartenders. Servers will do that because they kind of work as a team.
Spanier says sometimes after servers work a big table they'll do something for the kitchen staff as well.
One common misconception is that waiters and waitresses get paid less than non-tipped staff. Spanier says Minnesota is one of just a handful of states that don't have a tip credit, so all of their employees - tipped or not - start out making at least minimum wage.