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Restaurant testing 'no tipping' policy

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PITTSBURGH -

A Pittsburgh restaurant is making national headlines for its decision to test a new "no tipping" policy.

Starting in April, Bar Marco in Pittsburgh's Strip District will test out the policy. Instead of working for hourly wages and tips, all employees will be paid a base salary of $35,000 a year. They will also get health care benefits and a share of the business.

The change is similar to how restaurants in Europe operate.

"We think that the risk right now for our business which is three years in is to not do this because we want to retain the quality of employees who we have now," said owner Justin Steel.

Steel said menu prices will not go up due to the new policy.

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