Tipping – what if they make min wage?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
Hostess
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@honie309:  If the server is good, I tip well, no matter what. Being a person who works a minimum wage job, it’s not NEARLY enough to get by on. My paychecks when I’m working 40 hour weeks still only give me a month’s salary of around $1000. Which is enough for rent and two bills..that’s it. Here in the states most places have a server’s wage at much less than that minimum wage actually is. It’s about $3 I believe?

Minimum wage varies from state to state as do the rules, but I do know here in Oregon the servers make the minimum wage of $8.90. But still, that’s not enough to live on. 

Post # 4
Member
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@honie309:  Everyone chose their career and it is not up to me to supplement anyone’s income. If we feel like it and service was what we expected it to be, then we leave a tip. Otherwise we don’t. And we don’t feel bad about it. No one tips me for doing my job.  

Please excuse me while I go hide (I can see the rocks coming my way now).

Post # 5
Member
5222 posts
Bee Keeper

@honie309:  To keep it short and sweet: I like to err on the side of graciousness in life. You never know who you will meet, what they’re going through, where you may meet them again [ maybe on your way back down the proverbial ladder]. So regardless of their presumed wage, I always try and tip well– even if it is crappy. That is just me, though– I have never not left anything.

Post # 7
Member
2454 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Minimum wage is just that. How anyone survives and even raises a family on it is beyond me. Canada is so much better in the states where minimum wage for a non-tip job is more like 6.50 an hour. Waitresses can get paid around 3.50-4 an hour if they are lucky. 

So, what I am saying is to tip them. If they are rude or bad at their jobs, then dont. But if they actually did their job, 20% is necessary. 

Post # 10
Member
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

i generally double the tax. that’s my rule & it’s worked out fine so far. 

Post # 11
Member
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We always tip 15-20%..unless service was awful..then it will be 10% ..

Post # 12
Member
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

$10 in Toronto or Vancouver is not a liveable wage, so yeah, i’d tip there regardless. I might use more leeway in a cheaper part of Canada where money goes farther, though.

Post # 13
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332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge

It’s their choice to work at a job where they make less money. I don’t think waiters/ waitresses are entitled to a 15-20% tip unless they did a good job. If someone does an outstanding job, I give them an outstanding tip.

If someone does NOT do a good job in serving me, I would not only not give them a tip, but complain to their manager. If someone chooses to work in a SERVICE industry, they better give me service!

Post # 14
Member
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@honie309:  I feel the same way about the girl who makes $3 hour (how’s that for an unpopular opinion?). We all have to earn our money and being a bitch to me isn’t going to make me give you money. It just won’t.

I get that you have a job that doesn’t pay you well, but I was there before too and I didn’t expect anyone to help me or supplement my small wage. It was my problem to deal with and I did – I finished school and got a job that allows me to support myself without soliciting extra money 😛

Post # 16
Member
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@QueenieB:  +1, exactly. I will complain to managers about poor service too.

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