September 05, 2009


Not a city in China*

Federal minimum wage for most workers went up to $7.25 per hour on July 24 (the last of a series of increases over the past three years). But workers who receive more than $30 per month in tips have a different minimum - just $2.13 per hour, a wage that hasn’t been increased in EIGHTEEN YEARS ! !

Tipped workers did have their minimum wage linked to the standard minimum until Congress axed that requirement in 1996. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) has now introduced H.R. 2570, the Working for Adequate Gains for Employment in Services (WAGES - gotta love those congressional acronyms) Act, which would set the minimum wage for tipped workers at 70% of the standard minimum wage (or $5.08 per hour). This would end the absurd situation tipped workers are in today where an increase in the minimum wage doesn’t result in an increase in their minimum wage. Many servers must also tip share with bartenders and table bussers, so when they don't get a good tip (or on occasion none at all) it ends up costing them money to work because they are required by the IRS to claim 11 percent of their sales as tipped income.

Friendly reminder: if you can't afford to tip your server at least 15-20 percent (for good service, of course), then you can't afford to eat out.

* Tipping

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Depends on the service. I "usually" leave 15% for really good service. 20% is something I rarely do unless I'm going to a place that is very inexpensive. Subpar service and I'll leave 10%.
Crappy service still gets NO TIP.

Another thing irritating me is "tip jars" at all manner of establishments. Chinese take out, Pizza joints etc. Look, if I am calling in ordering food, then I drive up there myself and get it you don't get a tip! This is a way for business owners to guilt you, the customer, into paying the wages of THEIR employees. No body give me a tip when I do my job.
I certainly don't get tips for my good work.
I'm sure you don't make $2.13 an hour either Jen !!
I don't make that much. Really.
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