reply to post by InvisibleOwl
I can see both sides if the coin on this one.
In the US servers get a low hourly wage. Now the tips are in addition to raise the hourly wage to /close to or over the minimum wage. Its even
explained to the servers that way.
Now with that said unfortunately most expect a tip regardless of the service given. I disagree, i understand its part of servers hourly pay but its
earned not just given or to be demanded and that is explained when hired as well. So do a great job and EARN your way.
On the flip side most disagree or have some stigma about tipping. Tipping is what it is and has always been. If you flat out don't tip at a
restaurant , stay home and cook and serve yourself your own meal.
Cover charges on the door do not go to the servers....not one dime. That goes to the establishment....period. The tipping system can be set up a few
ways. Here's two:
1. The server makes her tips doesn't split with other servers but has to pay out the bussers/bartenders.
2. In a bar setting the bartenders split all the tips regardless and payout the bussers.
There are variations to these of course. Depending on who runs it /owns it but those are the two general ways.
As far as dishwashers go, you make minimum wage or a little over and you want a cut on top.....don't think so. You took the job knowing it pays and
your not tipped out. But you see the tips and want extra because you clean their dishes....no.
Bussers your getting tipped out to clean up the mess on the table. If the server has to do your job, your not getting the tip from that table. Less
out back smoking more inside working. And if you remove any portion or all of the tip from the table. The server is breaking your stuff off.
It's not as glamorous or lucrative as most people think. Don't get mad if it's not what you thought. Only the top tier who can successfully juggle
half the establishment with a great attitude, even on horrendous nights with crappie patrons make the top money.
So when you see a server with a wad of money pay attention. A bad server gives away a big chunk to tipping out others and grips about having to do it.
A great server doesn't worry they have plenty left over and are leaving with a sigh and a smile.