Waiters are bitches who can't do math. I worked at Dave and Busters when I was 25 60 hours a week for an entire year while writing down what I made every shift, plus counting bar wage, event gratuity, vacation and overtime and I made over $60,000 pre tax and only paid taxes on $38,000 (sorry Rain Man) since I only claimed credit card tips. I worked my ass off and worked every Saturday from 1030 AM to 3 AM with no break BY DESIGN because I would make between $300-$500 no matter what.
Could I have done that for 10 years? No. I was in great shape and don't smoke (the #1 problem in the industry) and have a strong desire to work hard and make money...
But I worked more hours than anyone on staff and made more money than anyone but two managers and everyone knew that.
Any waiter that bitches about "making ends meet" isn't working hard enough.