The highest court in Massachusetts says shop owners can keep tips left for workers if their businesses have policies against tipping.
The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled Friday that where a no-tipping policy has been clearly communicated to customers any money left behind as a tip can be kept by the owner or put in a cup of abandoned change for other customers.
The ruling came in a case brought by current and former employees of a Dunkin' Donuts franchisee.
The court also ruled if an employer hasn't communicated a no-tipping policy then tips left by customers belong to the workers who served them.
The court found the state's Tips Act cannot be interpreted as a requirement that employers must allow customers to leave tips if they want.