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JOHANNESBURG - It has been illegal for restaurants to deduct fees and tips from waiters' bank accounts, but it's also a very common practice in the restaurant industry.

Last week, consumer journalist Wendy Knowler set Twitter on fire with a plea to restaurant goers to avoid using cards to tip waiters.

Abuses in blatant defiance of the law (deductions for breakages, deductions for card fees, no basic pay, etc.) were rife in the restaurant industry and the Department of Labour didn't seem to be acting.

Knowler recommended that restaurant goers tip waiters in cash.

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This article first appeared on EWN : Deducting tips, fees from waiters' bank accounts is 'abusive & illegal'

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