Dine and Dash Is No Joke to Servers

woman smilingA server from New York shed a spotlight on the effect that the practice of “dining and dashing” has on a server’s pay.  Suzanne Parratt used social media to report that she was terminated because she refused to cover the tab of diners who left without paying.  According to an article in Slate Magazine by Luke O’Neil, the practice of making servers pay tabs when diners do not is common in the industry.  Moreover, federal law offers servers only limited protection, and in many states, restaurants may legally dock wages from servers for unpaid tabs.  Thus, dining and dashing is not a harmless practical joke on a restaurant, it hurts hard-working individuals.  To learn more, read the article.