Aug 25, 2021 — Bloomington brewery begins 'no tipping' policy

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — After an especially challenging year in the restaurant and bar industry, a brewery in Bloomington is making a big change that impacts its servers, bartenders and customers.

Switchyard Brewing Company implemented a "no tipping" policy two weeks ago. So now, if you buy a beer from the tap, you don't have to tip.

Customers were a bit surprised at first, said the brewery's hospitality director, Kyley Memmott.

"Definitely a shock," she said. "No one's used to that."

Customers see the switch right on the first page of the menu with the reasons why, including what owner and Switchyard Brewing president Kurtis Cummings calls tipping's "classist, racist and sexist history."

"It literally kept me up at night because of this issue in the service industry," Cummings said. "I felt like we weren't doing everything possible as a co...

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