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  1. Awful Things
    90 Percent of Female Restaurant Employees Say They’ve Been SexuallyThe co-founder of a nonprofit argues that women are “forced to dress and act certain ways that make them vulnerable to customer, co-worker and manager harassment.”
  2. Deliverance
    Seamless Will Make It Harder for Restaurants to Steal Delivery Workers’There was nothing in the services contracts about passing on gratuities.
  3. Scientific Studies
    The Ultimate Tip-Earner Is a Walking Waitress Cliché, According to Science A handy list of all the ways your tips are often discriminatory.
  4. Check Yo Self
    Restaurant Check Sermons: The Weakest Kind of Power GrabIf the only way you can express your views is by stiffing servers, you are a sad, weak individual.
  5. Video Feed
    Watch What Happens When Servers Receive Unexpected $200 TipsIt will make you feel at least a little warm and fuzzy.
  6. The Other Critics
    The Other Critics: Daniel S. Meyer Loves Estela; East 12th Osteria Gets FourPlus: a review of Umami, and more, in this week’s roundup.
  7. Check Please
    The Tipping Backlash Goes BigAs the New York ‘Times’ runs an anti-tipping report on its front page, the idea gains some more traction.
  8. Sued
    Does Adding Mandatory Gratuity Violate City Law?A new lawsuit targets Per Se.
  9. Etiquette
    Service Included: 11 Restaurants Where Tipping Isn’t CustomaryIncluding Per Se, Next, and Chez Panisse.
  10. Tipping
    Don’t Wait Tables on Scottie ‘No Tippen’ PippenScottie Pippen is no fan of waiters.
  11. Tipping
    Will New Tip Regulations Matter?There are new rules in place, but they sound as fuzzy as the old ones.
  12. Eatiquette
    When Check-Paying Goes Awry, Who’s Responsible for Making It Right?We’re having a moral quandary about a bill snafu.
  13. Eatiquette
    More Griping About Tipping“America is one of the last industrialized nations in the world still desperately holding on to it.”
  14. Eatiquette
    Can Bob Marley Guilt You Into Tipping More?A new study says so.
  15. Bookshelf
    Waiter Rant Follow-up Will Tell You How Much to Tip Your BaristaAnd your bartender, sushi chef, and even dominatrix.
  16. Mediavore
    Bill Cosby Reunites with Jell-O; Eric Ripert Co-Judging Top ChefA familiar face is shilling again for a famous dessert and Toby Young might not be popping up on Bravo’s big show this year.
  17. Eatiquette
    Tipping Costs You $3,330 Per YearPlus, mandatory tips at the Ace Hotel.
  18. Eatiquette
    Today in Customer KvetchingFood writers speak out against 20 percent tipping and bad restaurant experiences.
  19. Mediavore
    Kirstie Alley Shills for New Weight-Loss Program; Bad Tipper Banned fromThe Cheers actress has a new diet system and a regular gets booted from a Japanese restaurant for skimping on gratuities.
  20. Mediavore
    Guilty Verdict for Leona’s Waitress; Stone Brewery Comes to TownPlus: The legality of tip pools, and the ins and outs of Olympic drinking, all in our morning news roundup.
  21. Eatiquette
    The Post-Tax Tipping ConundrumChicagoist makes the case for the post-tax, post-drinks tip calculation.
  22. Celebrity Settings
    Celebrities Are Still Blowing Stupid Money at NelloJay-Z dropped a $500 tip at the recently reviled clip joint.
  23. Celebrity Settings
    Miley Cyrus’s New York Diet: Outback SteakhouseShe couldn’t at least go to Peter Luger like Lindsay Lohan?
  24. Labor Unrest
    Servers Rally Against Tavern on the Green, MasaThere’ll be a union protest at Tavern on the Green today.
  25. Mediavore
    Tipping Guidelines Outlined; Exotic Species To Market
  26. Eatiquette
    Oh, the Guilt-Inducing Countertop Tip JarWhat are the rules for tipping in a takeout situation?
  27. User’s Guide
    Tips About TippingA rundown of bad celebrity tippers, and some advice for them (and you!).
  28. Mediavore
    Automatic Gratuity on the Rise; Peanut Butter Sales PlummetPlus: Starbucks convinces customers of its value, the Moondance Diner reopens in Wyoming, and more in our morning news roundup
  29. Oh Waiter
    Diner’s Bill of Rights: ‘Be Very Friendly. But Don’t Try to BeA blogger offers “40 Tips on How to Be a Good Waiter.”
  30. Eatiquette
    Bruni Readers to New York: Take It From Tourists, End TippingWhat should restaurants do when tourists don’t leave tips?
  31. NewsFeed
    The Foreseeable Future of Dining: Lunch Specials and Overbooked Tables?In the current restaurant economy, it may be easier to score a prime table, but Frank Bruni says it’s all an illusion.
  32. NewsFeed
    Zagat: Philadelphians Tip BestWell, it’s not as if New Yorkers are known for their generosity.
  33. Mediavore
    Montauk Hates Surf Lodge; Olympics Spur Ethnic EatingThe Greenmarket suspends a farmer, Olympics-themed happy hours, a new Chinese cookbook, and more, in our morning news roundup.
  34. Mediavore
    Tao Sued by Workers; Cozy Soup ’n Bullets on BroadwayPlus: Gunshots outside Cozy Soup ‘n Burger, the best ham in the world finally comes to the U.S., and more, in our morning news roundup.
  35. Mediavore
    Carmellini Visits Vegas; Treats Truck Times TwoPlus a protest against the planned Union Square restaurant, the customers New York waiters dread, and more, in our morning roundup of news and gossip.
  36. NewsFeed
    Telepan Settles Year-Old Labor LawsuitFour employees settle with Bill Telepan in a dispute over pooled tips.
  37. Mediavore
    Robert Irvine’s Career Officially Over; Chodorow Plans Hot New RooftopWe’re surprised it took this long to happen, but “celebrity chef” Robert Irvine, known of late for his lies about his background, has announced that he will not proceed with the opening of two planned restaurants in St. Petersburg. [This Just In/St. Petersburg Times] Related: Surprise, Surprise: Robert Irvine Gets the Boot From the Food Network The best way to taste the dishes on Top Chef is to head to the toques’ post-Bravo places of employment in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and San Francisco. [Zagat Buzz] Frank Bruni muses on the tourist-tipping problem, noting that he’s not a fan of automatic gratuity charges since they prevent diners from communicating their pleasure or irritation with the service. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
  38. Beef
    Epicurious Delves Deep Into Tipping, Ethnicity, and YouTubeFood blogs tend to give the issue of race a wide berth, but Michael Y. Park over at Epicurious has a sobering post about tipping and ethnicity that’s a must-read. Park doesn’t take any position on the question itself, but he reminds us what a charged topic it really is: Aside from relevant links to vitriolic waiter blogs, there’s a mesmerizing video of a woman who had a run-in with a waiter after leaving an $8 tip on a $164 check. We won’t say how the video ends, but it’s not so safe for work. Tipping Stereotypes [Epicurious]
  39. Mediavore
    David Lee Roth Is a Shitty Tipper; Alan Richman Out at BloombergThe Shitty Tipper Database on bitterwaitress.com keeps track of people like David Lee Roth, who recently left a $20 tip for a $200 lunch. [NYP] Alan Richman is out as Bloomberg’s food critic. [Eater] The bhut jolokia chile pepper is 200 times hotter than a jalapeño and could potentially be used in pepper sprays, but people like eating it and U.S. sales are projected to increase 500 percent this year. [WSJ]
  40. Mediavore
    Tycoons Tipping Badly; Goldfarb Is a Big, Bright, Shining StarWall Street big shots, frantic over stock-market fluctuations, are taking it out on the poor waiters who live on their tips. [NYP] Will Goldfarb holds forth to Restaurant Girl at great length on his “brand identity”: “I think that Room 4 Dessert would definitely be credited with starting the pastry chef trend as crossover/rock star status that it has found in the media in the last 18 months.” Oh, definitely. [Restaurant Girl] Related: Room 4 Dessert Is Dead, Long Live Room 4 Dessert Frank Bruni tries to get in on the Top Chef action but has it all wrong: “Has Top Chef ever had a villain as obnoxious as Howie?” A villain? What show is he watching? [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Related: Truces and Vanilla Candles Ruin This Week’s ‘Top Chef’