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/Shruikathemonk Jan 14 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Starry

American tipping culture is a cancer.


u/PattyIce32 Jan 15 '22

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


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.


u/EggCounselor Jan 15 '22

Restaurant industry is one of those where it’s hard to come by people with the right set of skills and nerve. Once you’re in you’re in kind of deal and you get away with a lot. So if you’re one of those good ones and come back after being awol for 2 weeks the boss might just act like it never happened because he knows he needs you. Thing is it’s also hard to come by bosses like that. When it works it works. I know a friend who used to make 2 grand a week. He eventually stopped working 72 hours a week, down to about 40 and was still making well over 1,000. If that restaurant paid him a salary he’d be making half of that.


u/thrashgender Jan 15 '22

Some of the servers at my last job would make ~1k in two nights. 10-16 hours a week and making almost double what I made in 60 hours BOH


u/EggCounselor Jan 15 '22

Yup. And your check is $0.76. Just covers the taxes and those tips are all yours. Being paid a salary is every servers nightmare. At the end of the day 20% is 20% for the customer, but how often do you really eat out? It isn’t breaking anyone’s bank and it means these people who work so hard get the option to potentially make one hell of a living. Let the tourists bitch all they want