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  •  davewill (6+ / 0-)

    you are snarking, right?  If not, take this scenario to your own workplace.  You are working for your own employment, but must turn around on payday to tip everyone that helps you from the doorman to the truckdriver, etc, and to an extent, paying their taxes as well as your own.  How would this work for you?

    But, I am not interested in a pie fight.  However, to speak to your point, I think the total dining experience can be better enhanced by those team building gigs businesses love so much, not put it on the backs of the waitstaff.  If the food is good, business will be good.  If the service is good and the food is good, business will be good.  If the place is clean, etc, and so forth and so on.  

    •  Funny you should say that... (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm a software engineer that works by the hour. They bill my time out directly to clients, but mark it way, way up...why? So they can pay the salesman who got the job, the overhead, the receptionist, the HR manager, the CEO... Is it the same thing? No. But I do care because if they mark me up too much, I miss out on working. I just spent a month not working because they couldn't get me a project. I'd obviously prefer they cut their margin and got me more work, but it doesn't work that way.

      If you're paying the taxes on the tips you didn't keep that's wrong and should be fixed, but when I tip, I do so knowing it goes to a number of people and tip accordingly. If the food is bad or the bus boy leaves dirty dishes on my table too long, I'm much less likely to tip well.

      "Nothing happens unless first a dream. " ~ Carl Sandburg

      by davewill on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 03:52:32 PM PST

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      •  thanks davewill. I appreciate your reply. (2+ / 0-)
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        davewill, elwior

        That said, I still feel owners shouldn't be cutting the hourly wage of waitstaff.  It is interesting to me that I feel this all so strongly still; I waited tables through my middle to late twenties--three decades ago. I am glad to know your point of view.  It always helps!

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