Rant: Server Life


I love how when ever serving and tipping comes up, people like to just say “get a better job, or it’s not my responsibility to pay you, it’s just extra money”. So I just want to break this down.

{1}”Get a better job” Whether or not I’m in this job by choice, or because it’s the only thing keeping a roof over my head at the moment, should not mean that I don’t deserve to be paid.

{2}”Not your responsibility” Unfortunately IN AMERICA, employers are allowed to only pay servers $2 an hour because they’re tipped. THAT’S JUST FACTS. THAT IS HOW IT WORKS. If you don’t like that then don’t go out to eat.

We can complain to our employers all we want, but legally and realistically they’ll blow us off, because why would they pay us living wage when it’s legal for them not too.

{3}And also “extra money” illusion. As mentioned we get paid $2 an hour, which we never see because it all goes to taxes. What do we get taxed on? If you spend $150 on your meal, we get taxed on the $150. If a 20% tip is $50, we get taxed on that $50 whether or not you tipped $50.

So yeah, “At least it was something, better than nothing” but it’s still money out of our pocket if the tip that was left doesn’t cover what we’ll be taxed on, or isn’t enough to tip out the other employees. And it just stings when they say everything was great and then you end up paying for them to have come out.

POINT IS: It’s not extra money; it’s what we live off of. It sucks that customers “pay our wage” but that’s how it works here. So, if you don’t like it, don’t come out, but you can not demand service (and great service) and then demean the person providing you that service, and refuse to pay for it.

>>So I wasted (well not wasted it’s still important) my whole morning crafting this “statement” to a comment thread that got started in the midst of a social media post I was linked to and didn’t write anything else.  What can i say, i’m passionate about being treated like a human being.  See Here

Anyway, the points i made here i totally stand by and it’s not like it would hurt the world if more people saw it. (and by more i mean the 9 people who maybe read my stuff) So i’m posting it as today’s writing… also i have to get started on finding a topic for tomorrow so…


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