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

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

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u/PattyIce32 Jan 15 '22

It only works when things are going well. Times of struggle its borderline indentured servitude level pay

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u/MudLOA Jan 15 '22

You should have read a similar post a few days ago. People were posting about how great it was making so much money from tips and I’m sure a lot of them were also not reporting income tax on it. It’s just all about the cash in the pocket and who cares about not having sick days or insurance.

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u/captainjack361 Jan 15 '22

My sister is a lifelong waitress and I be watching her blow money so fast. She's damn good at her job, but the industry is up and down, not consistent, etc and she doesn't prepare for the hard times

Some nights she will literally come home with like 7 to 900 dollars that she made in one night, other times she won't even make 50 bucks in a day. But what does she do when she has those 700 dollar nights, she blows it very fast

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u/PuzzleheadedRepeat41 Jan 15 '22

I lived with my brother in my early 20s. He was a waiter. I made minimum wage, no tips, although I both was a hostess and bussed tables. A few years later, the waiters and bus boys shared some tips with the women hostesses

I couldn’t believe how much the waiters made! And they would spend it all that night at bars. And they would complain they were always so broke. When I finally made a little money, I made sure I didn’t spend it at bars.

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u/captainjack361 Jan 15 '22

Yep....when she has one of those good nights she goes straight out to party with her other coworkers who also had good nights and they come home with almost nothing

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u/Bitesize777 Jan 15 '22

Smart you are!!

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u/Renhoek2099 Jan 15 '22

You don't know what you're missing

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u/MsAntrophie Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 17 '22

What, like* a quality standard of living?

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u/PuzzleheadedRepeat41 Jan 15 '22

At least I’m not missing my money.

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u/Renhoek2099 Jan 15 '22

It's not missing if you got something in return

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u/PuzzleheadedRepeat41 Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

Sure! But I still had fun my own way and got to keep my money. You can still have friends and fun without spending all the money you made that day on beer for your “friends”, some of whom you won’t even see the next year. I don’t need liquor to have fun, but sure, If that’s what floats your boat, go for it.

I really liked my older waiter friends, but unfortunately, they didn’t age well. It’s hard to keep up that lifestyle in your 50s, they never saved anything, most of them, and now they are still working, disabled, in their 70s. So — I don’t think I’m missing anything. I do feel bad for them though. I really liked them.

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u/PuzzleheadedRepeat41 Jan 15 '22

I did miss out — what on not being poor or broke in my 30s and beyond? And though not being rich, at least being stable?