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  •  Waitstaff at Red Lobster (3+ / 0-)
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    Average pay is $3.81 and hour, meaning the company pays less that 5K a yr. Tips are supposed equal 20K a year.

    I would gladly pay 20% more for a meal, no tip, if I knew that waitstaff had a salary that they could count on. This business model has been set up by the companies themselves and then they complain that they must compete.

    "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

    by high uintas on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 09:39:39 AM PST

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    •  How many of you are there? (0+ / 0-)

      I trust you would also increase your tip by 20%.

      Or -- in the alternative --

      Knowing that staff isn't paid very well, go straight to the source, and add that 20% to your tip.  I'd bet health insurance is a lot easier to buy if customers are tipping 35%.  A lot of other things, too.

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      by dinotrac on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 09:45:54 AM PST

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      •  Basically I was saying that (0+ / 0-)

        if the salaries were a living wage I would happily pay more for the meal. When I was in Australia I discovered that tips were not welcome, in fact they were frowned on where I was visiting. It seems to have changed some, but still it's not done everywhere. I spoke to a waitress about it and she told me she made good money and felt weird when people tipped, I felt weird not leaving one.

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:07:10 PM PST

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