Stupid State Laws

Stupid Country Laws

It is illegal to accept a gratuity or tip in Iowa.

  • someone

    In that case I hope they pay waiters and waitresses better than they do where I live.

  • Really?

    This is rediculous. This and others can’t possibly be true. As someone who lives in Iowa, I know it isn’t.

  • mark

    It is not true, or at least I have never seen it enforced.

  • iagirl

    I live in Iowa and have worked as a waitress and a bartender… this is NOT true…

  • not true

    definitely not true… check your facts.

  • Gabriella

    Some sound plausible others not so much and just because they repeal or no longer enforce a law doesn’t mean it didn’t exist.

  • John

    Yes, this is true. Check the official Iowa government website’s labor codes:

    https://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOCS/Shelves/BillBooks/38GA/SF%200197.pdf

    In case you don’t want to scroll through hundreds of pages of laws:

    Accepting or Soliciting Gratuity or Tip. Every employee of any hotel, restaurant, barber shop, or other public place, and every employee of any person, firm partnership, or corporation, or of any public service corporation engaged in the transportation of passengers in this state, who shall accept or solicit any gratuity, tip or other thing of value or of valuable consideration, from any guest or patron, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than five dollars, or more than twenty-five dollars, or be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not exceeding thirty days.

    Ask your local Iowa representative in regards to this law, it is true. But everyone does it anyway.

  • John

    This is section 5028-u by the way

  • John

    Check Iowa’s official government website’s labor codes:

    https://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOCS/Shelves/BillBooks/38GA/SF%200197.pdf

    Accepting or Soliciting Gratuity or Tip. Every employee of any hotel, restaurant, barber shop, or other public place, and every employee of any person, firm partnership, or corporation, or of any public service corporation engaged in the transportation of passengers in this state, who shall accept or solicit any gratuity, tip or other thing of value or of valuable consideration, from any guest or patron, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than five dollars, or more than twenty-five dollars, or be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not exceeding thirty days.

  • dusten

    I live In Iowa and I think its illegal for owner but not for employee

  • Barbara

    If this is true the law must be old!! Most of these laws are, There really dumd too

  • Josh

    Tipping is NOT illegal in Iowa anymore. From 1915 to 1919 tipping was illegal. This law was overturned in 1919 by Iowa Supreme Court decision which found the law to be unconstitutional. There is no current Iowa Code preventing tipping, and the sections you see cited above are from previous Iowa Code versions.