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/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/bmiyares319 Jan 15 '22

This! I stupidly took a key manager position at the restaurant I work at thinking the steady $14/hr would be better than unsteady tips (I am apparently very and at math) and it turns out I would be making less than half of what I made as a server with 3 times the responsibilities so I requested to go back as a server. It’s so dumb.


u/EggCounselor Jan 15 '22

Yeah man, the same is said for a lot of jobs actually, including mine which is EMS. More pressure coming down from your superiors, and your salary potential plateaus at lower than what you had as a regular paramedic.