quote:Originally posted by Rowan Oak:quote:Originally posted by FirenzeVeritas:
I have only eaten there once. I hated the potato salad, and the server was kind enough to bring me chips instead. Still, I ordered a roast beef sandwich and got ham, and I was not expecting to have to tip. Yes, if there's a server, you should really tip. It can be as little as ten percent for buffet style, or twenty or more percent for exceptional service. Most servers make only 2.13 or 2.15 an hour--the rest of their income comes strictly from tips.
All servers make at least the minimum wage. It's posted in almost every place of employment: if the tip average doesn't equal minimum wage, the employer is required to supply the difference. Obviously, no one is shouting about how wonderful the minimum wage is, but servers aren't the oppressed underbelly of the working world, either.
This is true in theory. I put myself through college the second time by working at two steakhouses. At the first, if a server didn't record enough tips, the company made it up on his/her check under the heading "tip to minimum." We had new computer equipment installed that failed to properly record all our tips. We all soon found out that if we failed to report "enough" tips three times, we were called in the office and written up. Three write ups and our job was gone.