It was only a matter of time: as reported, more and more restaurateurs charge their customers a mandatory tip. A dispute about this has now – including the aftermath – resulted in a police operation in Vienna. Because these creative solutions are less popular with the tax authorities.
Due to the high cost of living, the Viennese have to tighten their belts. If some restaurateurs get their way, they notice it clearly when tips are dropped. “But the employees are worth it and they earn their living from it,” says a local entrepreneur at the Naschmarkt. The innkeepers’ creative solution: “Service flat rate” or mandatory gratuity.
Up to ten percent of the consumed amount is then added automatically. If you’re not careful, you also tip voluntarily. Not everyone likes that, as an incident at the Bitzinger sausage stand at the Albertina proves.
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