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redlobOG150.jpgDarden Restaurants, the parent company to chains like Red Lobster and Olive Garden, will completely phase out automatic gratuities on January 6. Previously, company policy was to add an 18 percent automatic gratuity to parties of eight or more; in 2013, Darden tested the new policy "at about 100 restaurants" nationwide. [Orlando Sentinel; previously]