Last year I did a post on Labor Day that touched on the current cultural view on work. Now, I'd like to focus specifically on a business I hold close to my heart: Food Service. This post specifically will be on tipping, and how it impacts the life of servers around the country.
Before I begin I would like to note that I absolutely acknowledge that the tipping system is entirely voluntary. I will never be mean to a person simply because they're a poor tipper. I do however think it should be fair to make clear to the world how tipping genuinely effects a server's every day life(and overall standard of living).
The Department of Labor has rules on how a business should conduct a base minimum wage based on tipping. The simple answer is as long as your tips even out to the federal minimum wage, the business only has to pay you $2.13 base wage. This isn't much of an issue for high-volume restaurants and bars where even when tipping isn't great, the number of people you serve tends to even out your wages.
For people like me who work at a small town coffee shop/restaurant, the tipping can be abysmal and I rely on a base wage to make most of my income. Thankfully I work for a family coffee shop that does give me a decent base wage. Even still, the tipping tends to be a very small portion of my income(even though it really shouldn't be).Read More