This aspect of the change for card machines had not featured for me as yet, I can imagine it must be pretty
frustrating for those who might have looked forward to the tips though.
"Tipping has definitely gone down with the PIN numbers, but PayPass has had much more of an impact,
” Mr Ilitch said. “Nobody has been talking about that.”
David O’Byrne, acting national secretary of hospitality workers union United Voice, said it was a story he was
hearing from members across the country.
“It’s pretty clear that one of the few bonuses of working in the hospitality industry is drying up,” he said.
“The average wage is very low, there are high levels of casual staff, and one of the few bonuses you would get
when you did provide service above the standard is now disappearing.”
Mr O’Byrne said it was too early to tell what the wider economic impact would be, but hit out at the restaurant
and catering industry over Fair Work Australia’s decision to cut weekend penalty rates for casual staff.
That decision is currently being appealed by the United Voice in the Federal Court, with the next hearing scheduled
for Monday August 25."....
Obviously, as the quote I've chosen says, the issue is more than just no more signature, it's also about PayPass and
the cutting of weekend penalty rates.
How are people who choose to work in hospitality supposed to get on ?
The article says a lot of the comments make it plain that generally people don't care that they're giving less in tips.
[disclaimer: I've not read the comments section]
So , I'm not altogether surprised at that. I bet those same people still whinge at crappy service, but ;)
The idea of cards is no cash, but would it be too much to put a $20.00 in your pocket before leaving home ?
I try to have some cash with me always, it's a safety thing like having a charged phone handy too ... ya just
never know when it will be needed.