Fox Business Host Stuart Varney Suggests He’ll Now Tip Less Because of $15 Minimum Wage
Stuart Varney isn’t convinced that restaurant workers making a $15 minimum wage deserve the standard 15-20 percent tip for their services, as the Fox Business host announced on his show today that he might think twice before shelling out the cash at the end of his meals.
While discussing new minimum wage laws, Varney accused the policies of strangling the economy and proposed taking the conservative fiscal fight right to the laborers.
“If I walk into a restaurant and I know the waiter or waitress is making $15 an hour, way more than they used to make the previous year, I am going to say, ‘wait a minute am I going to give you 20%, 15% or whatever?'” questioned Varney, whose punditry on Fox Business Network has made him a multi-millionaire.
His guest wasn’t quite on board with this, as Apple Metro CEO Zane Tankel said he hasn’t seen any data suggesting rising minimum wages decrease tipping in service fields or that they should, but he did say “servers don’t like it” because it threatens “their job security.”
According to progressive media watchdog group Media Matters, Varney has a lengthy history of promoting “misleading” and “debunked claims” attacking the idea of a $15-an-hour “living wage.” The organization even accused the host of pushing “every minimum wage myth in just 90 seconds” during a Varney & Co segment last in 2016.
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