r/antiwork Jan 14 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 16 Wholesome 10

So sorry, I'm broke so I can only pay you $77 for my food. You were great though.

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u/doho121 Jan 14 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome

The fact that US service workers depend on tips is wrong. Employers should pay them a living wage.

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u/freddhesse Jan 15 '22

This. The normalization of passing on wages to the will of the customer is incorrect. Still, I tip.

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u/James_Paul_McCartney Jan 15 '22

You got ripped off. Dick's burgers in Seattle pays 19 starting and their basic burgers are like less than $4. A restaurant I worked at through college upped its wage from 12 to 16 and they didn't up their prices at all either. Probably should have moved on when uou saw the prices.

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u/RhetoricalCocktail Jan 15 '22

You getting ripped off at those prices //Someone from an fairly expensive country without tips

Think the boss saw the increase as a chance to pump profits hoping that no one would notice that the price hadn't scaled up correctly

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u/FireflyBSc Jan 16 '22

I live in Alberta where the minimum wage is $15/hr CAD, including servers. Prices didn’t magically jump when we implemented that wage, inflation has been similar to everywhere else in the last few years. We also still tip, and don’t complain about it. The economics of it have been that a lot more of our minimum wage staff can afford to go out more, spending in our local economy. We tip because we recognize that it’s still an inconsistent job with hard hours, spent on your feet, dealing with a belligerent public or in a hot kitchen. And that if we can afford to be in that seat in a restaurant, we can afford to throw in a couple extra bucks because we all know what the struggle was like when we couldn’t afford to be there.