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Suggested gratuities inch up to an 18-percent minimum

Is the 15-percent tip going away?

Among a growing number of restaurants that print a suggested gratuity on guest checks, it appears to be.

The trend was highlighted last week, after news emerged of a California Restaurant Association campaign being tested among restaurants in Palo Alto, Calif.

The goal is to raise awareness about the economic challenges restaurants face, said Sharokina Shams, the CRA’s vice president of communications.

On guest checks, the participating restaurants are printing the statement: “We love our guests … FYI: On average, for every $1 spent eating in the USA, about 95 cents goes to food, the place and a GREAT staff!”

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