posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 07:56 PM
On my few trips State-side I was very conscious not to under-tip so I always erred on the side of generosity. In return, I received excellent, prompt
However, the last thing that I wished to be doing when I went out to have a bite to eat is arithmetic.
Prices clearly displayed - order food - pay bill - + leave a "gratuity" when it is earned.
No need to break out the calculator
A minimum wage sounds just sooooooo much easier for all involved.
But I understand its a cultural thing - I just think that waiters/ waitresses and bar staff are pretty run off their feet and deserve a little
security- even a real basic minimum wage I think would help. Let customers that add a gratuity should they see fit.
I did this bit of calculating for ATS American members as a comparison-
A waitress earning minimum wage
in the following European countries would get :
U.K = $9.33 per/hour
Belgium= $11.35 per/hour
France = $12.60 per/hour
Ireland = $11.82 per/hour
Luxembourg = $14.22 per/hour
Austria = $7.88 per/hour
Greece = $5.83 per/hour
Estonia = $2.60 per/hour
Cyprus = $6.63 per/hour
edit on 1-2-2013 by UmbraSumus because: (no reason given)