Is it true that the waitstaff itself doesn’t want the tip abolished instead of paying them minimum wage because it’s more financially beneficial for them?

  1. I haven't waited tables in over 20 years but I made much better money than they would have paid on an hourly rate. Yes, there were some slow shifts here and there but overall for the week, I was averaging better than $20/hour when minimum wage was something like $5.25.

  2. Came here to post this, exact same experience. And I wasn't waiting tables at some fancy steakhouse either, just a Perkins off the interstate.

  3. I worked as a server for a month after high school and I learned I absolutely suck at it. I made less than minimum wage and hated every minute of it. Moved to pizza delivery and immediately made three times the minimum wage consistently.

  4. Wouldn't it just be better to be paid the $20 an hour consistently making that plus more than likely also receiving tips from at least some of your customers?

  5. As someone who had the opposite experience and was being cut monthly checks because I was not even making minimum wage; your mileage may vary and this system fucks over a lot of people. You really need to find yourself in the right place at the right time to make any decent money waiting tables.

  6. A friend's sister used to bartend in Old City Philadelphia. All it took was one weekend per month to pay her rent. Any other night she worked was just for fun money. Those bartenders made crazy tips.

  7. Let's just put it this way. While we were in college my brother and I worked jobs to make money for the next year. I worked at a grocery store where I started out making minimum wage and eventually got to making $2.50 over minimum wage. My brother worked at a local coffee shop where he was being paid $1.50 below minimum wage but got tips. My brother would consistently make around twice what I made per week despite being paid $4.00 less an hour than me and also working around 15 hours less a week than me thanks to his tips.

  8. Yeah I got lucky and got a gig as a server at a "fine dining" restaurant. I would easily have $100 in cash in my pocket at the end of every busier shift, even though my hourly pay was like $2.50.

  9. Actually had a buddy who did this during the summer as a teacher. So of funny, but it was some solid cash.

  10. Yep. I used to wait tables in big cities at casual (but good) bistro style places and we’d walk with $2-300 a night easily, if not more. And that was with like 3 hours of busy service out of a total 7-8 hours working. I don’t know too many jobs with basically zero qualifications needed in which you make that kind if money. And when you clock out, you’re done. No lingering stress from ongoing projects like most career type jobs.

  11. This discussion tends to make me think tipping detractors are really bad at math. Like, 15% of sales is a pretty good income! You cheap $2 tip is the tip of the iceberg. Other groups are doing $600 meals and tipping $100... it doesn't take 5hrs of labor to service that table.

  12. Worked as a server and definitely would not have wanted a stable hourly wage. Slow nights happen, but there are also nights where you work 6 hours and walk away with $400-500. Private party in the back? Take that all day. Yes it sucks running around taking drink orders for a ton of people and bringing out the food -- but 15-20% (sometimes even 30%) of a $2,000+ bill? Yes please..

  13. Hiiiii Teacher who still works at the restaurant that was supposed to be just a college job here. I work at my restaurant two nights a week. In those two nights, I make almost half of my 2 week teaching paycheck. If I worked at the restaurant alone, I would make more money. But I get much better benefits (and I’m happier overall) with teaching. It’s a sad reality.

  14. I won't speak for everyone, but the one time I did bartending I averaged $25/hour. $8 in wages and $17 in tips. And I was in a rural dive bar though constantly full of alcoholics.

  15. The wait staff I know want to keep tipping. My buddies restaurant the staff ends up at $22-25/hour after tips.

  16. In theory, if restaurants and bars switched to paying that $22-$25 an hour, servers and bartenders might be okay with it. The problem is that no one trusts the owners to actually offer those rates.

  17. Every time this comes up with regard to Bar Marco, the overwhelming response from servers and bartenders is that they would never accept such an arrangement because it's not enough money coming in.

  18. My niece makes $35 an hour average as a casino runner, she also regularly gets $50-$100 bills as a tip Friday and Saturday nights. She would riot if she got a regular wage.

  19. Only speaking from personal experience knowing waitstaff. They make much more than minimum wage and would not want to go to minimum wage.

  20. Also there are a lot of loopholes and asterisks around minimum wage. People that work part-time, people that work in a seasonal industry, etc. i just applied for a $9/hr job in a city with a minimum wage of $14/$15 an hour.

  21. When I was a waitress it was against the law for tipped workers to earn below minimum wage after a day’s work. If the tips weren’t enough for me to reach the threshold (I worked at a cheap pizza restaurant and sometimes we had slow shifts) the restaurant would have to pay me enough to reach it.

  22. Yes. The amount of money you can make via tips is exponentially higher than minimum wage and significantly higher than what a business can reasonably afford to pay you.

  23. The thing is that it varies wildly depending on the restaurant. Most will average out to better than minimum wage by a long shot. Some .. eh, sure, but not wildly so. It's always inconsistent within a restaurant. Let's just say I don't know any servers who live a comfortable life just on their tips.

  24. I have a cousin who is a lifetime bartender. Only works four days a week, busy bars in the suburbs of Detroit, it’s not a big deal for her to clear $1000 cash in an evening.

  25. My cousin was a waitress in a local restaurant. She got pregnant and went to school to be an ekg tech. She did it for less than a year and went back to the restaurant for better money and hours.

  26. It's less about how good you are and where you work. If you live rurally, there might be very few restaurants that almost never have turnover that can be good money. If you live in a major metro, there's a bunch.

  27. Generally, yes. Tips can be very big, especially at higher end places. They're not minimum wage or even slightly over minimum wage jobs, as much as Reddit would like them to be.

  28. Many servers make a ton of money with tips and hate when non-server do-gooders keep talking about how we should get rid of tips.

  29. There is no do-gooding behind my reasoning. I just think tipping inconsistent and ambiguous. Am I supposed to tip for takeout? Or any of the other random places that have tip jars? Just charge me the right price, stop trying to guilt me.

  30. It's like every other job. People that excell at their job want incentive based pay. People that suck at their job want a guaranteed salary.

  31. Though it's good to note that the strategy failed due to customer complaints, not workers not willing to work or provide good service. Though some workers did leave, they were replaced quickly, but so is the case with most restaurants that have a high turnover rate anyways.

  32. Yea except it’s gotten so out of control That I never tip more than 22%. And unless the service is absolutely horrible, I won’t tip less than 20%, mainly because I hate math And don’t want to have to think so hard aboht it after dinner. So an Ok server most places is just making 20% tip no matter what, and the good one is still only making about 20%.

  33. I worked as waitstaff way back when at a pretty low-end establishment. Yes, a server makes much more than minimum wage.

  34. I'd say yes. I was making an average of $25 an hour serving at a causal restaurant. Most of my peers averaged $20. The old servers that had spent years developing regulars were making $30. Even shitty ones made $17-$18. I never once heard a server support getting rid of tips.

  35. Not to mention that professional wait staff can always work their way into higher paying places and dramatically increase their wage. I served at a Perkins while in college, but several older full time people were always looking for opportunities to jump ship to a steakhouse or a nice restaurant with a liquor license, where the per table price was going to be much higher, along with the corresponding tip.

  36. It’s painfully obvious that some individuals on Reddit’s hard on with getting rid of tips comes from total lack of experience in the job. When I bartended I would be making $50-$60 an hour. There’s not a chance in hell anyone would want to give that up.

  37. I'd love to end tipping and raise minimum wages. This is coming from the perspective of a consumer, but I waited tables too when I was younger. So I get why people in the industry would prefer to keep tips, but as a consumer I'd love to not have to bother. Yes, just raise my bill 20% and then I don't have to think about it. Although you would need to have a new mandatory minimum wage to make sure that 20% does get to the wait staff.

  38. Depends on who you ask. Some work in places where they're assured very good tips on a regular basis, and would rather maintain the system. From this thread, that seems to be a lot of them.

  39. For every service job I had (waiter, then bartender during college), I made significantly more via tips than I would have if they offered me an hourly rate. I’m assuming that hourly rate would land somewhere around $10-$20 an hour. Even as a server (at this local bar and grill) if I had 4 tables of 4 going, assuming 20% it wouldn’t be uncommon to make $15-$30 off each table for about an hour of work. As a bartender it’s not uncommon to get tipped more than 20% depending on the place you work.

  40. I think it's a false dichotomy to offer only tipped wages or minimum wage. Sure, if offered tips or $7.25/hour they won't want to take minimum wage. But minimum wage should be dramatically higher anyways.

  41. Another falsity is the claim that prices would raise a significant amount. It's just not true unless you fail to adapt to market conditions.

  42. I’m my opinion my employer should be 100% responsible for my LIVABLE wage not the customer. If someone wants to tip me on top of that tho I won’t complain.

  43. There’s nothing Reddit hates more than tipping. I don’t know if it’s because of the number of non-Americans, or American cheap trolls.

  44. I’ve been a server for 5 years now and in CO, server minimum wage is around $9.50 (much better than most states’ $2/hr). For a four hour dinner shift, I’ll make around $100. Divided by 4, add the base pay, it’s $34.5/hr.

  45. I get mixed emotions from people for this. The vocal people make it seem like we (previous and current employees) all want this but from working in the industry, it's more split (like 40% to take the tipped wage away, 60% to keep).

  46. I took home around 23k a year waitressing in college. I was working 2-3 shifts per week, so I was happy with that. So yes it might look like poverty wages on paper, but I was earning that from 4-10 on a Tuesday and 4-12 on Saturday.

  47. I live in a state that does NOT have a lower minimum wage for tipped employees. I think eliminating the lower minimums in the states that have them would be a good thing.

  48. The mortgage part is a interesting part. I also live in a state with no tip minimum wage. I have a friend that claims literally ever tip he gets because he needs the banks to see how much he makes so he can qualify for loans. Because he also owns several houses that he rents. That money goes on the restaurants books. It pisses off the restaurant he works because they have to pay extra taxes on the back end for increased income and SSI taxes

  49. Servers at low end establishments make about 3 times minimum wage. Servers at nice places make double that. Servers at the highest end places make 6 figures. You don't want the tip system abolished in this country, you'll have the same people that work for the TSA "waiting" on you.

  50. Good waitstaff make far more than minimum wage from tips. Depending on the location, restaurants might have to pay several times minimum wage if they want to match tipped earning potential. Many servers are afraid that abolishing tips will lead to them being underpaid because they don't trust restaurant owners to properly match their previous income.

  51. Yes, it's true. Not only do we come out ahead, but a lot of people who want to abolish tipping don't have any respect for service staff and their skills and merely don't want to tip.

  52. Not exactly... They want to make a good wage... And makign the current minimum instead of their lower minim plus tips isn't shit. If they were actually paid a LIVABLE WAGE then yes we want that. I always did the math and my tips worked out to be $15-30/hr usually... But there were also days where I lost money by driving to work bc I didn't get any tables... So I'd rather take. A$20/he job than have to live not knowing and I know a lot of others would... But Fuck a $7.50/h job

  53. I average like $45 an hour and sometimes make over $60+, and that’s just in tips, doesn’t count my ~$9.50 an hour wage.

  54. I’ve worked in restaurants for 20 years. Server, bartender, salaried manager. Myself and literally every single person I’ve worked with is opposed to the elimination of tipping. If restaurant owners raised prices to pay us comparably to what we earn in tips, burgers would be $30 at least. In average over multiple states, servers and bartenders I’ve worked with are making around $30 hr. The job isn’t worth it for anything less frankly. Obviously, there are exceptions to this and many restaurant workers are exploited horribly. It’s also an intensely stressful field and even with tipping, many people burn out. It’s possible that some combine of service fees, regular schedules, and good benefits would balance the difference but I still doubt most of my coworkers over the years would stay in the industry for less money.

  55. As a former sever 100% I used to make $700 a night at a fine dining restaurant. I don’t want $15 an hour. Tipping culture is fantastic. I don’t mind tipping well because I get amazing service and sometimes free stuff

  56. Yes. The owners like it too and not because they don’t have to pay. If we changed the system owners would adjust because they already run on slim margins with labor being the largest cost as is and would need to increase prices accordingly. The current system gets as much money as possible directly to the staff. People don’t realize how much taxes employers pay. Some states cost like $2 to get the server $1.

  57. The only people I’ve ever heard being opposed to tipping are Europeans and the occasional cheap bastard on Redddit.

  58. This past Sat night, my best friend’s restaurant did over $25,000 in sales with about 10 servers/bartenders. They tip out back of house and hostesses/bussers, but still that means they each made several hundred dollars in 6 hours of work. I know they broke $10,000 in 3 hours of brunch on Sunday so no, I don’t know anyone who’d want to take a pay cut to only $20-30 an hour.

  59. Tipping is basically a money printing machine for servers. I made between $15-$25 an hour back in 2005 at a Dennys in a small town when I was 17-19. Absolutely no way I could have made anywhere near that working any other job at that age. The only people who cry about servers not getting paid a living wage have never waited tables.

  60. The biggest issue with tipping is when it’s used as a scapegoat for underpaying employees. In some states, (WA, CA, OR, AK, MI, MN, NV) waiters are paid normal minimum wage. In other states, however, they have what is called Tip Credit. In states that allow a tip credit, a certain amount of received tips per hour may be credited against the minimum wage by an employer, although the tipped employee must receive at least the minimum wage (with combined cash wage and tips) each hour. This means, there are states where you can legally be paid $2.13 an hour, as long as you make tips.

  61. I cleared nearly 100k a year as a bartender at a busy restaurant in a tourist area. There is no way a living wage would equate to 100k.

  62. Yes to a degree. A waiter at a busy restaurant on a Friday night will make much much more in tips than they would if just paid minimum wage.

  63. It depends. Most of my friends who have worked as waitstaff made bank as servers or bartenders; most of my friends are pretty privileged to begin with. However, there are restaurants where servers routinely make much less than minimum wage, tipping reinforces racism, and many people who work long term as restaurant workers earn povery wages. On top of that there's many positions in a kitchen who are tipped out but would often be better off with a minimum wage. With mandatory minimum wage many individuals could make less, and there would probably be fewer jobs, but servers as a whole would have lower poverty levels.

  64. Tipping in the US is absolutely asinine - everyone knows it. Owners, waitstaff, customers. Yet, we all maintain it.

  65. Depends. An excellent server at a fine dining establishment absolutely can make big bucks. But chain restaurants? They get stiffed far more so would benefit from a higher base wage.

  66. The waitstaff I know yes. They all made more in tips then minimum wage would get them. This is a combination of opinions from my brother, sister, brother in-law, sister in-law, and 2 friends that have waited/bartended. Granted it's still anecdotal evidence.

  67. I would prefer to be paid a living wage for my skills and still have the chance of tips. I make $7.25 an hour, on a slow morning I’ll make a total of around $14 an hour, which, is barely worth it for me; on a busy night I’ll make a total of $27 an hour, which, is more than I was making as a restaurant manager. It averages out to about $20 an hour, and that’s not something I can really thrive on. I think based on what I do in addition to how well I do it as well as how many customers I serve I should get at least $12-$14 an hour without tips.

  68. As an extra element, most people likely think they're better than average in their fields, experienced members are usually better, and those who aren't good enough are told "get gud" and either do or leave, so any attempt to get opinions will likely oversample those who see themselves as benefiting from the graduated pay structure.

  69. I’m probably against but its more complicated then most are acting like. First, the proponents don’t necessarily want to abolish tipping but just make it so they aren’t entirely dependent on tips.

  70. For the most part, yeah. Servers generally make more money because of tips than the flat wage they would likely be paid without them.

  71. I haven't waited tables in over 20 years myself but I've done it. I was just a high school kid at the time. I worked in the back of the restaurant mostly but sometimes when I wanted some extra cash and they needed the help I'd pick up server shifts too.

  72. Servers are paid minimum wage. They make less hourly but If they make less than what they should with tips then when they get payed they just get payed extra to make up the difference. Honestly serving can pay well if you’re good at it, but you’re not making less than minimum wage, that’s still illegal.

  73. Yes, it's true. They make much more in tips and many don't report the majority of it so it's tax free, even though that's not really legal. It just can't be caught.

  74. The people I know that work/worked bartending and server jobs can easily walk out on a weekend having made $50 an hour and more. When I delivered pizzas 20 something years ago, I was routinely making $100 or more per night in tips in only five hours of work.

  75. Minimum wage here is $7.25, every waiter makes more than that. $20+ an hour average is typical, and can be significantly more than that at upscale and/or very busy places.

  76. The tipped wage for PA is $2.83/hour. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act it does go up to minimum wage of $7.25/hour if the workers tips and the tipped wage don't add up to that. Assuming the employer actually pays the difference like they are supposed to though.

  77. Yes. I averaged $500+ per night when I bartended on an 8ish hour shift. Why the hell would I want to do the same work for less money?

  78. I had a friend in high school who worked for the only restaurant in a very small town that had a lot of rich tourists during the summer. A couple of nights a week those tourists would generally have bigger get-togethers with friends at the restaurant, so often it would just be a group of like 20 people and no one else there. On those nights he could make as much as $800 in tips in a matter of 3 or 4 hours. Not too shabby for a 16 year old.

  79. I mean, there are 5 states where tipped staff are required to be paid at least the state minimum wage BEFORE tips, and they still get plenty of tips on top of that. For example, here in California tipped staff receive at least $15 per hour, and most people still tip them the customary 15-20%, so the idea that you would make more with a lower tipped minimum wage certainly hasn’t been the case here.

  80. In my experience as a pizza delivery person, the only party that doesn’t like tipping is the customer. And even that isn’t always true

  81. Anyone I know who waits at a restaurant or tends bar makes far, far more per hour than minimum wage. None would prefer to have their pay structure altered.

  82. Am a waitress, can confirm. Waitressing and bartending are one of the hardest jobs out there and are rampantly mistreated and abused by management. Trust me when I say that if waitstaff are subjected to minimum wage, there would be a SEVERE shortage of waitstaff in the US.

  83. It really depends on where you work. I've known waiters and bartenders that make more than they could every possibly be paid hourly (6 figures for full time) but that's not exactly standard.

  84. It really depends on where you're waiting. When I was a kid, I was a waitress at a local pizza place, but I lived in a really trashy area where 50% of my customers didn't even tip. I live in Chicago as a marketing professional now, and I had a coworker in an entry-level position resign to go back to being a waitress because she made more money. She made close to $50k/yr in her marketing position.

  85. One thing NO ONE is mentioning is the fact that they self-report cash tips for tax purposes. So if they get $100 cash, there is nothing forcing them to report more than $50. In the long run, this really adds up. Combine that with the potential to consistently make way more than any employer would pay them, and it's easy to see why they like it.

  86. Change any system and you will have winners and losers. That is, any change will result in some people getting more, and some people getting less.

  87. The problem with this question is that being wait staff in a sit-down restaurant isn't a minimum wage job. Working behind a fast-food counter might be, but a restaurant server has to track and manage service across multiple tables which takes training and experience to do well. That easily warrants the $25+/hour wage rate that people talk about when including tips into the calculation. The problem is that people only ever talk about tipping vs no tipping in the context of "vs minimum wage" instead of what the real current pay rate is.

  88. It's possible to approximate an hourly wage greater than the local minimum wage with tips. And since tips sometimes are largely cash that makes it easy to hide the income for tax purposes.

  89. I used to deliver pizzas back in 2014 and my minimum wage was $8 or $9 I think and yet with tips I was making around $21. I didn’t mind it with that scenario but the store cashiers weren’t making $21 with tips tho. In some jobs it’s good and in others, not so much.

  90. yeah, i’m a server and at my old job, I was paid $2.80/hr but after tips I made between $20-$30/hr. It only sucked on slow days, I definitely had days where I would barely scratch $10/hr.

  91. This is true of every waitperson/bartender I know. In fact, there are a few career servers at a very upscale restaurant here in Raleigh who make around $150,000 per year on tips alone (or so I've been told by people who work at the restaurant). These are men in their 60s who have been working at the restaurant since they were teens, and if anyone famous comes in, they always get the table because of their reputation for service.

  92. If you are a good waiter/waitress in a busy restaurant you stand to make a lot of money from tips. But if business ever slows down or if you get stiffed by a couple of tables it can really mess things up.

  93. I used to work as a driver for a transportation service in a popular tourist spot. Made $12.50 an hour, which wasn’t bad for me at the time, but usually made $20 / hr from tips alone. On some days I’d receive my monthly rent in tips. Tipping was my primary income, and my paycheck was just a bonus amount I got every two weeks. My friends who worked in restaurants felt the same.

  94. My buddy just graduated with his BS in Mech and took on very little debt. He bartended four nights a week and was making about $55K. Also was able to buy a condo during that time.

  95. Yes. My friend who is a server makes a killing. He said if they ever abolished tipping he'd quit. Knowing how much he can make in a good night is the only reason he puts up with having to deal with people.

  96. On a good night I average $70/hr, slow day about $20-30/hr. So, I would prefer they leave it the way it is. There is no way my company would pay me what tips give me.

  97. In my experience, the only people who would want that work in places that get busy or slow down season by season. I worked in a bar in a college town (Oxford, MS, home of Ole Miss), and the tips that came in during football season were incredible. Baseball and basketball were ok, but only during home games. When nothing was going on, the tips were awful and the wages couldn’t pay rent.

  98. This will vary from state the state. In some states wait staff doesn't get a minimum wage exemption, so in WA and OR for instance they make minimum wage plus tips which can be very good pay. But it's also not exactly consistent, and the worst shifts for living the rest of your life are the ones that pay the most in tips.

  99. I think a lot of it is consumers wanting to get rid of it. They want to see a $15 burger and pay $15 for it. Suddenly with the expectation of tipping, a meal gets more expensive, and the tipping has become mandatory, regardless of service level provided. Growing up I remember it was 20% for great service, 10-15% for less than great. Now I’m asked to tip on carry out, you cooked it, that’s all. Do I still tip?

  100. I guess it depends on some factors. I know my daughter makes in tips a night what she gets paid in a week. But she works in an expensive restaurant in a resort. No idea what she would make at a diner in a tiny town.

  101. All of the people I know who work as full time servers/bartenders make $50k a year or above. Minimum wage would cut their income in half. So yeah they absolutely wouldn’t want that.

  102. I would say no, that it's not true. Certainly not across the board. I see people talking about making huge money bartending on weekends or during the tourist season but what about the people working as a server at Applebee's on a Tuesday night and have two tables for the night and make $25 BEFORE tipping out to the rest of the staff.

  103. In the USA, not sure about other cultures, tips are usually 10-20% of the meal's cost. It's really good pay. If the minimum wage goes up, that tip rate will most likely stay the same, meaning more money for the employee overall. However, the living standard differs around the USA. That's a different discussion however.

  104. The only way you could keep anyone in those jobs after moving to a flat hourly rate is by paying them close to what they make on the busier nights. If you paid your waitstaff 25-30 an hour, they’d stay.

  105. There seems to be some misconceptions and overestimations about how much servers and bartenders are making with many people suggesting wages with tips are in the $20 an hour or more range.

  106. Haven't waited tables since 2016 but I worked at an extremely popular local restaurant and would make well over $20/hr on busy shifts. One cinco de mayo I made $850 in one 12 hr shift.

  107. Im a waitress. On a good night i can make in 6 hours what would take me two 8 hour shifts at a minimum wage job. So no id prefer if people still tipped. That being said serving is a very high pace very stressful job so i think we earn the money we make.

  108. I can't speak for everybody, but what I liked about waiting tables was that every day I had the ability to influence my earnings through effort and skill.

  109. Yes, completely unanchored from inflation too. It's wild and you can't do anything but pay up because their publicity game is out of control.

  110. The tips are legit how my single mother supported my brother and I growing up. We hardly ever saw her but we always had food, shelter, clothing, camping, summer trips. If she was paid no tips, our lives would have been way different. She did eventually move up in positions to the point where she was managing at a fancy hotels restaurant.

  111. I bartended at several decent clubs back in the day in NYC. I would start at midnight and walk out at 4am. I made between 400 and 600 dollars every shift, three nights a week-no way was any employer going to pay those rates.

  112. I own a restaurant in Wisconsin, I pay 5/hr but can afford to pay about 10/hr, without changing anything, to pay 18/hr I would have to raise prices 3-5%. I already raised prices about 8% this year to combat food prices increasing.

  113. Yeah, I made WAY more money off tips than I would have as a 16yo waitress making just a bit above the minimum wage. And that the problem: minimum wage in the US isn’t nearly enough for a single person to live off of in most of the US.

  114. It’s not abolished tips always gonna be there but if waitress make a good money good be better for me give 10% (that is the usual in most part of the world) than 20%

  115. Yes in general waitstaff has always been by far the highest paid position in any restaurant due to tips. They did the dirty work and they want the pay.

  116. They shouldn’t be paid minimum wage. They should be paid whatever the equivalent, average hourly rate is for that restaurant and location.

  117. They do make more money and if tips were gone they would have no reason to be very helpful and happy to customers. Tips give them a reason to do more for the customer to get a bigger tip.

  118. Seems like a dumb question, because, at least in my state, wait staff are supposed to be guaranteed at least minimum wage no matter how slow it is, so who wouldn't want the chance to make more?

  119. My best friend was a server at a strip club around 20 years ago and she was making like 2 something an hour. With tips, she pulled in $40+ an hour depending on the night. She worked her way through college and lived a pretty good life. She made more take home then than she does now with 2 masters.

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