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

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u/meghammatime19 Jan 15 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Save the restaurant a pretty penny 必必必必必必

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u/Kind_Man_0 Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 15 '22

Saves A LOT of them.

Typical paycheck for a full time waitress is about $60 or so. Let's run the math from dinner rush to close.

That is $12 for a full night's wages, Given that the cook making the meals gets paid about $14/hr that puts us at $84, so $96 for the pair of them

One waitress where I worked could have waited about 70 tables til close,

I wasn't in charge of food purchasing, but a typical meal for 4 was simple; most sides were ready made for the night, only entrees were consistently cooked to order. So at roughly $30 dollars for a table of 2, we will run that at 2.5 per table to account for larger groups. Over the course of the rush, we could serve about 300 tables in a night BUT we will consider only that one waitress and cook for this math. At $30 per table, your restaurant made $2100 off the labor of those two employee

Takes out food costs, which is about 1/4 of it, you just made a profit $1479

Pay our hardworking wait staff what the deserve in this country.

YES, I know I am not calculating in rent and other restaurant expenses. I am making a point of how the backbone of a functioning restaurant earns the lowest overhead cost.

Let me add to this a second time since some people are mad at me for not considering the other expenses.

I laid down the basic math for how much money can be made during a 6 hour shift from 5-11. This is not how much profit you are making, this is REVENUE GENERATED per employee.

Yes, if I wait tables and I go in for 6 hours, bust out 60 tables at $5 a piece, that is decent income. But it doesn't happen every night. And you don't go home right after the restaurant closes.

Most restaurants are going to have you helping shut down after close for $2.13/hr and there are no customers to tip you.

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u/Cerael Jan 15 '22

I like where the cooks make 14 flat and are doing more labor.

I didn't say servers don't work hard but the work required to cook that much often goes unappreciated in these posts.

Let's include all restaurant workers. Corporate spots don't tip cooks ever

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u/lawless636 Jan 15 '22 Gold Take My Energy

If cooks made more I would cook. Having to deal with the customers is honestly the worst part of the fucking job so youre gonna have to pay me money to deal with you. Honestly Id rather wash dishes for 20 bucks an hour then deal with the fucking customers. It is a soul sucking job.

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u/firesoups Jan 15 '22

The customers are WHY I cook. I like working in restaurants, every aspect. Its fun. Ive worked every position in front and back of house. After almost 20 years, I stay in the kitchen. Customers are exhausting.

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u/Gildian Jan 15 '22

Worked for McDonald's for 5ish years so not quite the same as a nicer restaurant cook per se but God damn shifts working the counter were pure hell most days. I basically begged to be put on grill or assembly

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u/shitdesk Jan 16 '22

I agree Ive worked both dishes and host for a restaurant and only left because they refused to give me a raise and yelled at me when I stopped doing all the extra shit including taking the food out for the waiters and waitresses that couldnt do it themselves because they were arguing with customers (the one that mainly did it got fired mid shift and I was told not asked to learn and do it during a Friday dinner rush thankfully its a small town so I knew everyone and they were forgiving but I only got the tips that other the waiters and waitresses shared with me because I didnt get any)

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u/lmp0stor Jan 15 '22

"Let me explain something to you, Dave. There are two kinds of angry people in this world: explosive and implosive. Explosive is the kind of individual you see screaming at the cashier for not taking their coupons. Implosive is the cashier who remains quiet day after day and finally SHOOTS everyone in the store. You're the cashier."

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u/JediWarrior79 Jan 15 '22

LOVE that movie!!!

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u/hrnigntmare Jan 15 '22

When I waited tables I made it a point to get trained in back and work the line once a week just so I wouldnt forget how bad it is. I used to get so pissed at the cooks before I actually worked the line and afterwards that stopped immediately.

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u/Jankensolvesall5512 Jan 15 '22

Last place I cooked they had us do the dishes as well and they capped us at $12/hr. Im pretty sure everyone would wash dishes for $20/hr.

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u/lawless636 Jan 15 '22

It depends on where you live

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u/BorderlineBarbieUwU Jan 15 '22

at least in the dish pit at some corporate places you'll be allowed to have a music player to help you lessen the fucking monotony of the dish pit

source: former dish dog

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u/Mission-Run-7474 Jan 15 '22

I dont know why uoure being downvoted. What fancy ass restaurant is paying dishwashers 20 an hour?

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u/firesoups Jan 15 '22

Our cooks and dishwashers make the same $20 an hour. Owner says hes trying to change the industry from the inside, but that only applies to our slightly above average wages for the area. We still dont have PTO, insurance, or any other benefits.

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u/[deleted] Jan 15 '22

Didnt you read the fucking cook, the reason a fucking restaurant exists and what makes it breaks it gets paid 14 an hour? Why the fuck would they pay you 20 for washing dishes?

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u/Jrjosh2 Jan 15 '22

I make close to 20 after starting as a dishwasher in the kitchen less than year ago. Our dishwashers start at 16 here with no experience. Wages have been driven up at the places willing to pay out

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u/firesoups Jan 15 '22

What does that even mean

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u/P47r1ck- Jan 15 '22

Im sure he moved up to line cook or just stayed a dishwasher but makes more money now

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u/Jrjosh2 Jan 15 '22

I meant I went from dishwashing, to being a prep cook and I am now a line cook.

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u/threeleggedgirl Jan 15 '22

In the rare instance that a restaurant actually takes care of their staff, it's not unheard of for BOH to make $20+/hr and that includes the dishwasher.

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u/dazedconfusedev Jan 15 '22

our dishwashers make $20/h, and are actually the highest paid hourly BOH staff. Obviously chefs make more, but theyre all salaried. And since FOH all get tipped minimum, the company pays dishwashers more than any other hourly employee.

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u/Dull_Entrepreneur_43 Jan 15 '22

The place I waitressed at was owned by a old Asian lady who had the place for like 30 years. She kept the same old Thai cook, head Chinese chef, & dishwasher for 30 years Bc she paid those 3 up the ass. The Thai lady wanted to retire but my boss offered even more money to stay. People that care about their workers and want them to stay will make it work

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u/dazedconfusedev Jan 15 '22

I am too tired but I actually do not understand what youre saying. Servers and Hosts arent back of house. All of the people making your food are. The guy pushing out 30 filets an hour at $40 each makes like $18. The only people in BOH that make more than dishwashers are the managers, aka the ones that rarely actually cook. And for FOH we have runners, bussers, bartenders, baristas, porters, and bar backs.

Its a nicer (but not fine dining) restaurant in a nice part of town, but COL is pretty low once you get like 10-15 mins from the restaurant.

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u/lawless636 Jan 15 '22

You dont live where I live bro

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u/Geoarbitrage Jan 16 '22

$20 bucks an hour? Where do you live Santa Barbara? Montecito?

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u/eth-slum-lord Jan 15 '22

Whats there to deal with, you just take the order and bring the food then fuck off , unless you are in a 3 star restaraurant i dont expect the waitress to be doing anything else

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u/AssistanceExact Jan 15 '22

Youve clearly never worked in customer service or the food industry before

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u/eth-slum-lord Jan 15 '22

Ive eaten out every meal in the last 10 years. Literally my dialogue with every waiter is , i want this this that, thanks. Okay heres the credit card thanks . Bye

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u/firesoups Jan 15 '22

Do you know what sub youre in? Why are you shitting on another worker?

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u/MoneyBear1733 Jan 15 '22

The nature of most jobs is that your boss pays you to deal with the people. The customer has no responsibility to pay you to be nice to them. A job is a job.

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u/lawless636 Jan 15 '22

Well as of right now the way serving is set up yes youre paying us to be nice to you. If you dont like it cook your own fucking food.

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u/MoneyBear1733 Jan 15 '22

You're not even the one cooking the food, and the one who is, isn't getting the tip. You just sound entitled.

Tip culture is not paying people to be nice to you. It's a guilt trip transaction that is equivalent to church tithes at this point.

Your boss should be the one paying you to be nice to people, and I sleep perfectly fine knowing that it's not my responsibility to pay your wage.

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u/lawless636 Jan 16 '22

Actually its about my cooks 18% so you can eat a dick. And they get paid far more than me in hourly. Guess who gets blamed if the cook fucks up the food? Its me. guess who has to deal with pissed off customers its me. Just tell me you have an actually worked in the service industry because its pretty fucking clear you dont get how this works at all and you dont get how stressful and soul sucking dealing with people like you is. You sound like the one that is entitled because you have no fucking idea what we actually do or what we deal with. Just remember Karma is a bitch.

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u/MoneyBear1733 Jan 16 '22

I'm speaking from a place of having worked on kitchen lines for nearly a decade out of highschool.

I'd be willing to bet my left nut that you make considerably more than every line cook you work with, yet still bitch and moan that they get paid just above minimum wage.

Servers who complain about people not tipping them are either dead ends working in a bad restaurant, in a small city. Or just wildly entitled people. career servers are smart enough to move to where there's better work.

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