Tip zip: Cheapskate's guide to holiday tipping

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  • MyChildrensKeeper Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 25, 2011 6:06 a.m.

    I don't think Emily Post wrote our labor laws and tipping is a commercial scam.

    This article is a clear attempt to fool people in to thinking tips are for extra care and service. Tips are confiscated and converted as the only wages businesses pays employees. Employees have been programmed that they don't get an established wage.

    Its a business scam. Since tips are not a direct wage business has no direct labor cost for withholding state and federal taxes, unemployment taxes, Social Security taxes, medicare taxes, medicaid taxes, retirement funds or even pay a minimum wage to the employees.

    The employer pools all tips to its tip funds to distribute it as unearned income and send employees 1099's at years end and forces employees to pay all the SSA, Medicare, Medicaid, taxes, on unearned income less than minimum wage. Tipping is a social scam so business doesn't have to pay any wages or employee taxes.

    I don't tip the owners or any business that confiscates tips from employees and Emily Post is dead and tipping is no longer applicable as a gesture of service. Self employed? I pay for service that includes wages and no tips.