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/AlphaOhmega Jan 15 '22

The tip system is so dumb. Waiters shouldn't have to depend on tips, tips should be a nice but unnecessary boost for good service. It's all twisted around.


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u/bigdickmagic69 Jan 15 '22

Yes and no.

I am a server, and the occasional horrible tip can sometimes break my night. But on a weekly basis, I make pretty decent money. No complaints there.

What I have noticed over the last 10 years is how tip-out for servers is out of control. I used to tip out 2-3% of my sales. But it used to just be for the bartender and maybe a food runner/busser if you had one. In recent years tip-out is closer to 5-7% of sales. They've started taking servers' tips and giving them to the line cooks and hosts. I have even worked at a place where I had to tip out the dishwasher. And I've never experienced this personally (I would walk the fuck out immediately if I did), but I've heard several instances of servers having to tip out MANAGEMENT.

I think a breaking point is going to come soon and dining out is going to drastically change. Covid has shined a light on a lot of bullshit on the workplace for people on both ends of it. Even though this is how I make my living I have always recognized how bizarre it is that complete strangers are responsible for paying my wages. And now they're suddenly responsible for paying the wages of every employee in the restaurant apparently.