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You may want to consider tipping your waiter in cash.

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.) are rife in the restaurant industry and the Department of Labour doesn’t seem to be acting.

Please tip your waiter/waitress, in cash, if you can. If you add the tip to your card payment, they may have to share it with colleagues. And/or the restaurant may deduct bank fees of about 5%, often on the total amount and not just tip portion. All illegal but common practices.

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist

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The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Knowler.

Listen to the interview in the audio below.

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This article first appeared on 702 : [EXPOSED] Tips made with cards often don't end up in waiters' pockets

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