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@skippy241 I did earn mimimum wage (at the time was $6.50 I believe) which is about an extra 4 dollars an hour. I do understand this discrepency. But if you want to complain about it, complain to the restaurant management or complain to the government who allows people to earn below-minimum wage. I'm sorry to say but vinanizing customers for not subsidizing these wages enough isn't fair in my books. It's not our responsibility.
2 years ago on Do You Tip Too Much at Restaurants?
I don't know guys. I'm not a particularly froogle person and I have worked in low-paying jobs (gas station attendant) but I have to say that I have a bit of contrary perspective on tipping. Yes, a waiter/waitress works to bring you your meal and ensure you're happy and satisfied but this is really just their job. When I worked at a gas station when I was young I'd pump the customer's gas, check their oil, wash their windows, bring them change and generally try to ensure they had a great experience. I think I received about 3 tips in 2 years for this. I was paid to perform my job and that was fine. Of course I would have LOVED it if people threw extra money at me but I didn't feel a sense of entitlement. This idea that we should all feel bad for the poor souls working these jobs and subsidize their low wages just doens't fly for me.
Having said all this, I'm not saying I don't tip. I usually leave around 15% but I just had to chime in here to say that the argument that these people are somehow "owed" this money is a bogus from my perspective.