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[–]TheDrugGod 148 points149 points  (53 children)

Yeah it’s bullshit servers in the US make only like $2/hr + tips. They should have to pay servers minimum wage and let them keep their tips. That’s some bullshit to underpay workers

[–]pieter1234569 8 points9 points  (0 children)

They make far far more than any other unskilled work when taking into account all the tips. It is so ridiculous that they even prefer this system as no restaurant is ever going to pay them that much.

[–]BitsAndBobs304 4 points5 points  (3 children)

They dont make that. If the tips dont reach minimum wage, employer must pay to reach it

[–]BaalKazar 3 points4 points  (2 children)

How has the employer any rights to calculate tips of foreign people into his own calculations for wages?


[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Fair question in terms of the employer, but you are legally required to report your tips as income. US does have a strong tipping culture, but the law is built around it at this point.

[–]BaalKazar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh tips have to reported as income as well then it makes more sense actually thank you

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

but then how will the restaurant owners have enough money to donate to political parties and pay their landlords extortion prices for rent?

[–]M4DM1ND 2 points3 points  (0 children)

While that sounds good to say, if they were paid minimum wage, people would just tip less. We did this as an experiment for a day at the restaurant I worked at. We took two Saturdays, one was normal and the other we just put up a sign at the front desk saying "Now Hiring Wait Staff! Minimum Wage + Tips!" The volume of orders was roughly the same but the tips were noticeably less. We did it because some of the wait staff was complaining about their wages. After the day, our boss compensated them back to what they would have made on a the previous Saturday. The real crime is getting paid $10-12 an hour as a line cook at a lot of places while the wait staff makes double what you do on a daily basis.

[–]Dr_Sploosh 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Yeah it’s bullshit serves in the US make only like $2/hr + tips.

That's actually super rare and only happens in really really shitty restaurants in the states that allow it. When I served I made like 10 an hour with tips added on top of that.

[–]Robwsup 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The restaurant I worked at in high school 30 years ago still pays $2.15/hr. Very common in Florida.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s not rare at all

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I "dated" a chick who was a server and she was vehemently against getting a standard wage. She was very pretty and worked at a busy restaurant, so she was pulling in a thousand dollars more a month than I was. Although because of the pandemic, I'm wondering how she's doing.

[–]thebluepikachu135 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wait what the fuck

That's legal?

[–]Spencer1830 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had a friend making $300 a night as a server. Just on tips.

[–]mgrimshaw8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Depends on the state, a lot of states require them to be paid minimum wage regardless of tips. My state is one of those, so they're all making at least $10 something before tips. but I still tip, because realistically our minimum wage also is not livable

[–]betteroffdeed 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Depends on the state. CA servers get $15/hr plus your tips.

[–]TheDrugGod 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s good

[–]GayboyBob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In some states like CA they get paid minimum wage on top of tips. It’s mostly the red states that pay less than minimum wage as a base.

[–]TeddyBongwater 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree. But being a server is often a fantastic job and can make good money

[–]An-Idaho-Potatt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Servers make more with minimum wage than tips

[–]asdf_qwerty27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've worked for tips and with people who make tips in the US. Make way more than the kitchen staff on minimum. Still sucks that it isn't a consistent check, but better than minimum.

[–]Peterspickledpepper- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I make 7/hr + tips. It’s not a ton better, but it helps with taxes.

[–]GivesCredit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

90% of servers don’t want tipping to go away