In the intricate ballet of dining out, where the swirl of service and satisfaction meets the harsh reality of the restaurant business, Connecticut diners might be surprised to learn the fate of their tips is not as clear-cut as they probably believe.

The common assumption that the extra money we leave on the table (or on our credit cards) for good service lands directly in the pockets of restaurant servers is, under current law, more of a hope than a guarantee. This murkiness around tip ownership doesn’t just muddy the waters of consumer intention — it outright muddies the already tenuous livelihoods of restaurant servers.