Did you actually read this review? Because your comment reads as though you did not.
I think your comment has merit, but you forget one thing. If restaurants compensated their servers so customers didn't have to, prices would go up. Way up. Do you have any idea what a risky business a restaurant is? The profit margin is already precariously low, and many places don't survive as is. The money would have to come from somewhere, and the only place it could come from is if prices for food and drink were raised, giving the customer no choice but to pay up, and no financial recourse for bad service. Have you ever eaten in Australia, where waiters are paid $18 per hour? Prices are high, service is not great (yes, it should be up to restaurants to fire bad servers under these circumstances, but in a place where service has never been paid for directly by customers, expectations are lower). At least now you have discretion. I've heard this argument so many times, and I know these same people would be outraged if thier suggestions truly came to pass and they were forced to pay servers a living wage through price increases.
I don't think Cliff is attacking blogs, in fact he blogs himself. I think he's talking about reporting that isn't actual in-person reporting. I know for a fact the AJC is planning on using a lot more stories from the news wires, especially for film and arts coverage and criticism.
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