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

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

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u/Far-Phrase-4690 Jan 15 '22

First, servers should be paid a lot more than they currently are however if your hourly wage + tipped wage doesn’t equal the minimum wage, the employer is required to pay the server until their wage is the minimum wage. So servers aren’t paid less than minimum

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u/Ellie__1 Jan 15 '22

That's the law, yes. In practice, this doesn't happen. Servers are paid less than minimum all the time.

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u/Far-Phrase-4690 Jan 15 '22

So we should fix that. Because tipping doesn’t stop an employer from taking the tips which happens as well. Many illegal things happen in practice

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u/Ellie__1 Jan 15 '22

Of course we should fix that, but you should know, if someone doesn't tip a server, it's very unlikely that the restaurant is going to clock that and make up the difference.

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u/Far-Phrase-4690 Jan 15 '22

I would argue the server should then take out a loan or use their own money if they have the means to sue the restaurant. But that’s beside the point. An employer can just take tips so what’s the solution here

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u/Ellie__1 Jan 15 '22

You're right, anything is possible.

The most likely scenario, by far, when you tip a server is that the server gets this money (after tipping out to the hostess and other staff). Employers stealing tips does happen, but it's uncommon.

The most likely scenario, by far, when you don't tip a server is that they don't get anything. Employers reimbursing servers that fall below the minimum might happen, but it's uncommon.

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u/Far-Phrase-4690 Jan 15 '22

Do you have stats that show stealing tips is less common than not adding the wage to equal minimum?

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u/Ellie__1 Jan 15 '22

Sure don't.

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u/Ellie__1 Jan 15 '22

I know a lot of servers and have worked in restaurants.

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u/Far-Phrase-4690 Jan 15 '22

Sooo where did you get basically everything you wrote from?

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u/darkvaris Jan 15 '22

I was a server for years and the majority of my restaurants never stole or cared about my tips. What are You trying to say?

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u/insertnamehere02 Jan 15 '22

You clearly don't understand how it works. Please exit the argument, as you have no place in this debate. 👋🏻