#Dedicated to Jerm the Perm and to everyone else on that shift work for tips.
For the last two summers I have worked as a waitress at some point.
Depending on the state in which you live, a restaurant may pay a server between $2 and $4 dollars an hour.
This means that servers and bartenders pay their bills off of the tips they earn because the money the restaurant pays us is essentially taken by the federal government to cover the taxes on our tips.
I honestly try and tip between $18-25% because of this.
This means between $3.60 – $5 for every $20.
Our economy has shifted from one based on the production of goods to one made up of service workers.
I classify service workers as waitresses, retail clerks, sales people etc.
Tips for bartenders and servers mean cell phone bills, rent, and other necessities get paid.
This past spring my Women in Society students learned about how the jobs that pay the lowest have highest concentrations of women. Cashiers, assistant level Nurses and Servers. They became enraged when they realized that women are concentrated in these jobs AND they are expected to pay for child care and other child rearing expenses without little to any help from local, federal governments or their employers.
So please, if you find yourself out and about this summer. Tip your server and bartender. It is how we survive.
You work as a waiter or waitress recently?
They cash you out?
Do you have positive bartender or server experience to share?