Originally Posted by Mr. Flopnuts
And it goes even further than that in Branson, and other areas now. Let me break down JUST how poor this whole system is. Now, many restaurants add what is called tipshare to a waiter's wages. Let me explain, they pay half the minimum wage, and then require the server to pay up to 3.5% of all sales for the night into the tipshare program. Great program, right? I mean, the bussers, food runners, hosts/hostesses, and bartenders should all get a cut right?
Wrong. They then turn around and pay those hosts, bussers, foodrunners, and bartenders 2/3 of the minimum wage and supplement the rest of their income with tipshare. It's ****ing incredible. A server works a 6 hour shift in which they make 3.33 an hour. They do $1000 in sales meaning they have to pay $35 into tip share and their wages make up $20. They actually pay $15 to work for the night.
And if you don't tip, and stiff them like the good pastor here has tried to do? They have to pay it regardless of what they make in tips. They literally paid to wait on you out of the hope that you're part of the majority and a decent enough person to tip them. That's why restaurants are pushing 18% instead of 15% these days.
Complete and utter bullshit.
Yeah, that was how it worked at the TGI Fridays I used to work at back in the day. It really sucked for the support staff (bussers, hosts, food runners) because they just got paid like shit when all was said and done. They paid the cooks pretty well though, from what I saw. I knew one guy that only worked there for a year or so and was making $12 an hour. They had guys in that kitchen that had been there for 15 years; but I don't know how much they were making. They were all Haitian and Mexican back there. No American would ever last longer than a couple months or so..
But back to your post, I could never truly feel sorry for the servers at my store. If you were in a good section and working a closing shift, you'd walk out with $300 easy. Shit, you'd make $100 in a shitty section getting cut first. That store was busy as **** though. It was right next to Disney World so in the summer months it got absolutely ****ing ridiculous. They used to say it was the busiest Fridays in the country.