Japanese Restaurant bans tipping

A high-end sushi restaurant has banned gratuities because the owner believes employees are paid well

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DETROIT - A high-end sushi restaurant in New York known for its fish and rice is serving up another perk: it doesn't accept tips.

The owner of the critically-acclaimed Japanese eatery Sushi Yasuda in Midtown Manhattan banned gratuities and raised menu prices last month in line with European and Australian practices.  The owner believes employees don't need tips because they're paid well.

Guests see this message on menus and receipts: "Following the custom in Japan, Sushi Yasada's service staff is fully compensated by their salary.  Therefore gratuities are not accepted.  Thank you."

Diners who attempt to leave a trip are refused. Scott Rosenberg believes banning tips improves the diners' experience.

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