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The restaurant may have terrible ideas about the minimum wage, but damned if that doesn't look delicious.
The restaurant may have terrible ideas about the minimum wage, but damned if that doesn’t look delicious.

Oh hey, it’s a Maine story (about the minimum wage, no less) that doesn’t directly involve Gov. Paul LePage!

Five servers at a restaurant in Portland called Five Fifty-Five have quit in one hell of a mic drop, giving their notice in a Portland Press Herald op-ed. The inciting incident was when their boss, Michelle Corry, wrote an op-ed that claimed to speak for her employees about the citizen-initiated ballot referendum in the state to both increase the minimum wage to $12 and eliminate the tip credit (also known as the “sub-minimum wage”). It’s the latter point that had Corry in such a huff.

Wait, Whosa What Now? What The Hell Is This Gol-Durned “Tip Credit” Thingie?!

Yeah, we should probably explain just what the hell this fancy-shmancy “tip credit” is. Everywhere but seven states in America, employers are allowed to pay tipped employees like servers and bartenders way less than the state minimum wage. The amount varies by state, but in most of them it’s less than half the minimum — the lowest, in 18 states, is $2.13/hour (in which case your entire paycheck just goes to taxes and will actually say “THIS IS NOT A CHECK,” probably because “LOL YOU POOR MOTHERFUCKER” is unbecoming even for the IRS).

States are allowed to do this because tips are supposed to make up the difference. If servers make less than the minimum even after tips, theoretically their employer has to pay them the difference between their take and the minimum. In practice, HAHAHAHAHAHA fuck you, good luck ever getting your employer to pay that, especially at small businesses like Five Fifty-Five, which are notorious for finding ways to dick over their employees. If this sounds kind of like employers really just want to keep paying their employees slave wages, congratulations! You are good at reading.

Opponents of eliminating the tip credit say that doing so would bring about a restaurant industry apocalypse and there would be much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth. Restaurant owners in states like California, Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota, which pay their servers a guaranteed living wage and, at last check, had not devolved into a Road Warrior-esque hellscape, say “Um, not so much?”

So What The Hell Is Going On In This Maine Restaurant?

Right, back to Maine and Michelle Corry’s op-ed. So, Corry argued strongly for a counter-proposal to the ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage to only $10 and keep the tip credit intact. Since at last blush 75 percent of the state is in favor of raising the minimum wage, anti-minimum wage douchebuckets (even LePage — dammit, he showed up in this post despite our best efforts) know they’re going to have to compromise at least a little bit here, and the counter-proposal is that compromise. But in arguing for it, Corry tried to speak for those it would directly affect:

Ask any tipped employee at a restaurant near you if they would prefer to make a set wage or hustle and create their own destiny. The employees at my restaurant would always choose their own initiative.

Putting words in her servers’ mouths turned out to be a less-than-ideal move on her part.

We’re Guessing Some Of Her Servers Were Displeased With This

You guess correctly! In the aforementioned op-ed dated Tuesday, March 29, Heather McIntosh and five other at-least-publicly unnamed employees pledged to put in their notice. They especially want people to know that Corry’s attempt to use them as puppets isn’t the first of her shenanigans:

There have been many issues at the restaurant, from capricious schedule changes to questionable practices on wages and tips. This latest insult of our boss falsely claiming to speak publicly on our behalf on an issue we care deeply about is just the final straw. We are submitting our notice and will be leaving her employment.

Translation: whatever the incredibly white Maine equivalent is of “oh HELL naw.”

McIntosh also highlights the inherent issue with the tipped sub-minimum — that is, the income crapshoot that goes along with it.

Right now, even working at a Portland-based fine-dining establishment like Five Fifty-Five, our schedules and incomes are inconsistent week to week and season to season. We never know if we’ll make enough to pay the rent or pay for child care.

For many restaurant workers, it’s much worse. The average wage for a server in Maine, including tips, is just $8.72 an hour. Tipped workers are three times more likely to live in poverty than other workers and twice as likely to need to access food stamps.

That’s as succinct a summary as you’ll find for why a significant percentage of servers would rather have an actual living wage than simply survive on the inherent volatility of tips. And we have to say, major props for being willing to walk the walk and leave your job on principal for something like this.

In conclusion, dear Maine: raise the damn minimum wage, tie it to inflation, and get rid of the damned sub-minimum wage, the end.

[Portland Press-Herald]

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  • Nounverb911

    Hopefully, the movement to end the “tip credit” is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • Creepoman

      I prefer Romaine.

      • The Wanderer

        Lettuce set such puns aside.

        • Nounverb911

          “I’ll have the cheeseburger without the cheese, hold the pun”

          • Pinkham’s Law

            I’d like the grilled cheese sandwich, no bread.

  • natl_[redacted]_cmdr

    Ah, “capricious schedule changes.” *phone rings* “Hello?” “You’re late!” “What? I’m not scheduled to come in until 4!” “No, you were scheduled to come in at 2!” “Since when?” “Since I changed your schedule at 1:45! Now get your ass in here or you’re fired!” Good times.

  • dslindc

    “Translation: whatever the incredibly white Maine equivalent is of “oh HELL naw.”

    I though that was, “These L.L. Bean boots will no longer be crossing your threshold.”

  • Nounverb911

    I read on the internets that Gov LePage has ordered the state to study if the surplus Maine lobsters can be trained as wait staff in local restaurants.

    • Relativicus

      Thus creating the rather awkward possibility of selecting your own server for dinner.

      • Jen_Baker_VA

        My rump is especially flavorful…..

      • Abyss

        Would eat.

      • H0mer0

        “Pinchy” would have wanted it this way. Kind of like Hunger Games.

    • Rick Hill

      I would have thought his response would be to make customers get their own shit and a gag order placed on them to not bitch about it.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Seize the means of production!

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …I heard that D-Money, Shifty and Smoothie have all put in job application for the open positions at Five-Fifty-Five

    • Oblios_Cap

      Michelle Corry is going to use the babies her pregger waitresses drop to be her indentured servants and bypass that whole “paying her workers anything” bit.

    • nmmagyar

      …and are demanding that the name be changed to Fi-50 (pronounced Fiddy)-Fi

      • AngryBlakGuy

        ….G-G-G-G-G-Unit!!!!

  • SterWonk

    I think I missed the part in the article where it said they quit en masse…?

  • fawkedifiknow

    Pshaw, you say that business owners aren’t the best spokespersons for their employees.

  • Vecciojohn LLC

    “. . . that raving slut
    Who keeps the till.”

  • Pinkham’s Law

    Aw, yes . . .the Minimum Wage debate. My favorite argument against it the one that goes: “$15/hr is 31k/year. This Soldier only makes $23k. Why do you think you deserve more than he gets?” *facepalm*

    • Vecciojohn LLC

      We pay these people $23k? To be in the military, with its socialized medicine and free food? Each year!? Hey, that’s my tax money you’re throwing around!

    • Creepoman

      I’m curios how many teachers’ salaries miss the $15/hr cut-off.

    • dirkmcquickly

      Wrong! It’s not an either or proposition. Soldiers should receive more money since about 25% of ACTIVE duty military personnel and their families receive food stamps.

      • yyyaz

        But then they would think they are “normal people,” not the fucking, magnificent Superheroes everyone supports.

      • nmmagyar

        Medical/dental, discounted goods through AAFES and housing make up for a lot, also, too.

        • dirkmcquickly

          meaning what? That they get paid enough? Whatever we give them, it’s not enough. Period.

          • nmmagyar

            No argument from me (the child of an enlisted Navy father).

        • Aquaria

          Reality check: The lower your rank, the less likely you are to get military housing. The average wait for housing for enlisted service members who are married/have families is at least 4 years at most bases.

          I got called two weeks before my enlistment was up with the “news” that I’d finally become eligible for housing, and substandard housing at that. The kind that had bad wiring and rats and cracked foundations. That kind of substandard housing.

          That’s the best they would do for me.

          I laughed at them and told them to drop dead.

          • aureolaborealis

            Were you not getting a housing allowance during that time?

          • Riley Whodat Venable

            That was your re-enlistment bonus;-)

      • I agree they should make more, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that they get some of the best benefits of any employed person in the entire country.

        • dirkmcquickly

          Because they can die. Their benefits aren’t as good as you think nor are some of them as good as they used to be. The GI Bill should give them one year of full tuition and board per year of service, and more if they did multiple tours in country.

    • aureolaborealis

      Seems to be the case of $15/hr=$31k/year being for all expenses, whereas the $23k the soldier makes is essentially walking around money, at least if he or she is single.
      I don’t begrudge them(edit: because the life is pretty shitty overall), but I’ve known some single, low-ranking military folks who seemed to have a disproportionate amount of money for things like new vehicles and various two-stroke amusement devices.

      • Pinkham’s Law

        The $15/hr=$31k/yr also assumes 52 weeks at 40 hours a week. How many minimum wage jobs give the employee 40 hours a week? How many of them give the employee a stable enough schedule that they can have a second job to pick up the other 15 or so hours needed to have 40 hours each and every week?

      • single living on base yes, you can have lots of mad money. But married with two kids & suddenly you’re real good friends with the guys at the pawn shop.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    Ask any tipped employee at a restaurant near you if they would prefer to make a set wage or hustle and create their own destiny. The employees at my restaurant would always choose their own initiative.

    …geez this lady sounds like an Amway recruiter. No one in their right mind would prefer to rely on essentially the “generosity of others” as opposed to steady income. Based on her fucked analogy a homeless beggar at intersection has the greatest job on the planet!!!

    • Vecciojohn LLC

      Well, they set their own hours and the lucky duckies don’t even pay taxes. Talk about a sweet gig.

    • Banrion

      If tips were really more profitable than a set wage, we would be seeing CEO’s all up and down Wall St. forgoing salary in favor of holding their hands out to employees and asking to be paid what the employees think they are worth.

      To my knowledge this has never happened, because it is not in fact profitable.

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …this is hilarious!

      • aureolaborealis

        They kind of do this. Except it’s a panel of their best friends deciding how big the tip is. And they don’t forgo the salary.

  • FauxAntocles

    How can we make America Great Again without slavery letting people pull themselves up by their bootstraps?

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …whatever that is in that photo, it looks like it should be sold in a baseball stadium

    • Nounverb911

      I think Safeco (Seattle Moronics Mariners) sells it next to the ‘Ichirolls’.

      • yyyaz

        Do the Ichirolls come with a side of ointment?

        • The Wanderer

          Corn starch can soothe Ichirolls.

    • Creepoman

      Only after it’s covered in Cracker Jacks, breaded, deep fried, and smothered in Coca-Cola infused BBQ sauce.

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …are you a communist?!?! How the hell can you forget the cheese sauce and crumbled Funyuns!!!

        • nmmagyar

          Give Me Fritos Or Give Me Death!!!!!!!!

          • Riley Whodat Venable

            Frito Pie until I Die!

        • Creepoman

          7-11 pump chili or GTFO!

          • AngryBlakGuy

            …don’t forget to throw in some chopped up 7-11 hotdogs!

      • Tony Alexander

        *burp!*

      • malsperanza

        This questionnaire is flawed, but fun. The Wonkerati will especially enjoy question #16.

        http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/do-you-live-in-a-bubble-a-quiz-2/

      • Abyss

        You forgot the bacon. Must have bacon.

    • Rowen

      That is some really terrible plating. Gail Simone and Padma Lakshmi would NOT approve.

    • Chris Hall

      Looks like poached eggs with spinach on blini with hollandaise sauce and some sort of crayfish. Personally I think it would be fantastic but the presentation could be a lot better.

    • Abyss

      Baseball fans should be so lucky.

  • Relativicus

    Having been to Europe on two occasions — no, no, no applause, please, I’m just a regular guy like the rest of you — I was worried about the whole non-tipping thing, believing it would be awkward. But I’ll tell you, I adapted quickly and found I rather enjoyed paying $2.50 for a $2.50 coffee, rather than the $3.00 I pay for a $2.50 cup of coffee stateside. It’s made even easier when you learn that, because they actually make a living wage, at least some servers take tipping as an insult. Plus, since they’ve already identified you as American due to your shorts, Tevas, and volume, there’s no need to compound the problem.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      I am currently living in France (and you can applaud if you want, because I’m an attention whore), and when we go out, we still tip a little bit, just a euro or two, on a full meal if the service is good. It’s certainly not expected, but I figure it’s a nice way to say thank you to the people we see regularly.

      But more importantly, the people that work in the industry are almost always career waitstaff, because they are paid well enough to do that job. It’s something in which they take pride, their professionalism. I’m certainly not saying there aren’t American servers that are equally career-tracked and professional, but it’s a lot tougher for those folks that are hustling for low wages and zero benefits.

      • h4rr4r

        Just round it off. That is how we did it in Germany.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        Well, in America, we have a tendency to think that food servers are all a bunch of losers who should get a “real” job (whatever that means).

        Honestly, it does take skill and professionalism that to make dining out a wonderful experience rather than a ho-hum alternative to staying home.

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          It has not always been so. My uncle Abraham (actually great uncle) worked at Galatois

    • onedollarjuana

      Except when I bought a $5 beer in Paris it was $11. Tip or no tip.

      • aureolaborealis

        Yeah, but buying $30 bottles of wine at the corner store for €4 more than makes up for that.

    • malsperanza

      Amazing what state unions and guaranteed minimum wages will do to make the dining experience more pleasant for all concerned.

    • cleos_mom

      But if you’re in this country and work in a setting where you encounter international tourists, don’t expect the same courtesy from that source. Although tourists from Asia and South America sometimes take up the slack.

    • John

      I live in Italy and tipping is almost non-existent here. You might round up if the service is especially good, e.g. from €58.50 to €60, but it’s not considered obligatory in any way. Taxi drivers frequently round down the fair to an even euro and when act like you’ve given them their lottery winnings when you round up.

    • Chris Hall

      Here in the UK we do generally tip for meals, never at a pub, of about 10-12.5% but the great thing is that it’s usually added to the bill and is discretionary so you can get great satisfaction of sending the bill back and asking for it without the service charged added, they know you’re really not happy then.

      (I’m nearly 50 and I’ve only ever done that twice in my life, lordy did they deserve it)

  • ManchuCandidate

    Donald Drumpf was a waiter… at the yooogest most classiest restaurant in US Amercia. Made his tips to buy his $100 million gift from daddy

    Look at him now.

    • Nounverb911

      Speaking of candidates, Kasich has not learned how to eat pizza yet.

      https://twitter.com/NYMag/status/715553437098905600

      • The Wanderer

        Fucking moron.

      • dirkmcquickly

        There is only one correct way to eat pizza which is to fold it. We native New Yorkers can always spot someone who isn’t by the way they eat their pizza. However, points will not be docked if someone stacks two slices on top of each other and eats them like John Travolta does in the very beginning of Saturday Night Fever.

        • Nounverb911

          Just proves Trump is from another planet.

        • cleos_mom

          Two kinds of people in the world: those who give a flying fart how pizza is eaten in other locales and those who don’t.

          • nmmagyar

            I don’t give a shit how it gets there, I just want it in my belly

          • dirkmcquickly

            You probably like cardboard, er Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, or Domino’s and you eat your pizza with two hands you philistine.

        • Abyss

          clearly that was pre-Scientology.

          • dirkmcquickly

            Actually no. The documentary said he was already a scientologist when he booked a commercial and Welcome Back Kotter back in 1975.

      • MrBlobfish

        When the call comes in at 2 AM, do you want those fingers on the nukular football?

      • Barley_Brains

        A true man of the people.

        • Nounverb911

          Not until he gets pizza grease all over his tie.

      • John

        In Italy, homeland of pizza and Italians, pizza is eaten with a knife and fork. But then, so is fruit.

      • SnarkTank

        Pfft. Everyone knows you should use chopsticks for pizza.

        • Abyss

          Is that you Bruce Leroy?

    • Rick Hill

      I’d buy that if you’d said he had a restaurant and took his server’s tips.

  • Zyxomma

    This article lays out how it works in NYC. Dirt Candy is no longer on East 9th Street, they moved to a beautiful space on Allen Street. Every bill includes a 20% service fee, so chef/owner Amanda Cohen can pay her entire staff a living wage.

    http://www.eater.com/2014/7/18/6190833/amanda-cohen-on-why-tipping-is-a-devils-bargain

  • Lefty Frizzell

    Michelle Cory is arguing like she thinks it is only possible to have a minimum wage OR tipping. Why can’t you have a minimum wage AND tipping?

    You could retain your bastard-card by proposing a lower minimum for tipped jobs, but the premise that they are mutually exclusive just seems absurd on its face.

    What gives with this kind of arsery?

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      It is the normal attempt to deflect. Give people an either or only! scenario and use scare language to make it seem one would be sooooo much the worse, obviously.

    • arrrghle

      I live in one of those seven states, and work in the other, where servers get minimum wage, and it looks to me like people still tip. I know I do.

  • Vecciojohn LLC

    I don’t believe in tipping.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-qV9wVGb38

    • clubseal

      Your move.

  • Elinei

    I believe the Maine equivalent of “oh HELL naw” is a raised eyebrow followed by “Must be from away.”

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I wish it were possible to explain to these people who oppose a living wage that paying people more money gives them more money to spend on things like eating out at restaurants, but alas, Americans, so probably un-possible. [sigh]

  • LarkintheAM

    Believe it or not, most people think that tips are on top of minimum wage, not a substitute for it, and are pretty shocked to learn that a server might actually be making less than the minimum, especially if her/his restaurant requires a tip pool for the bussers and hosts. It should be the law in states that allow it, that the real minimum wage (what the restaurant actually pays its servers) should be printed in every menu. Or better yet, let’s simply abolish the tip credit in favor of a minimum wage and get rid of tipping altogether.

    • Henri205

      I am SO conscious of tip-dependent workers. I always tip 20% or more. However, I learned not too long ago that adding the tip to a credit card purchase means the server has to report it. I had no idea, and maybe I’m just a idiot for not knowing. So now I make a point of carrying enough cash to tip so the server is at least freed from that tyranny. These people work their butts off and deserve our support.

      • Jen_Baker_VA

        If you are idiot, me am too. I just found out because a co-workers daughter just ran into the nebulous tax on credit tips, and then the subtraction for advanced tipping that ate her pitiful wage to nil.

        • Henri205

          It’s important to keep that in mind. Glad I’m not the only idiot who didn’t know this.

  • arglebargle

    Hell, here in PA I actually had to PAY THE RESTAURANT occasionally to cover my taxes on my claimed tips. Sure, you can fudge the amount of tips reported if you don’t mind being turned down for car loans and mortgages and such.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      My co-worker’s daughter got her very first job and ran into that very thing with her first paycheck because of CC tips that have to be reported.

      • arglebargle

        Yeah, can’t escape reporting CC tips. If you want to do your server a big favor, go ahead and pay with a CC for the meal, but leave a cash tip. If you’re a regular you might find a drink or two mysteriously not appear on your tab.

        • Jen_Baker_VA

          I learned my lesson and now cash tip only ^.^ I’ve worked in retail and customer service industries lottts of time, but not in a tipped industry (though once I got a tip! And I had to turn it down because we are not allowed). So I was once ignorant about that.
          My husband does the maths in his head, but we know pretty much what we are going to spend, so I make sure to pocket the cash now for hair cuts and the few times we go out, etc.

        • h4rr4r

          So you think we help you commit tax fraud?
          I tip 20%+. I do not cheat on my taxes, nor should you.

          • arglebargle

            I declared my tips because it was a temporary job (for ten years or so) and I wanted to have good credit.

            I was not a single mom stuck in a job with children to feed and no chance to improve my lot in life scrapping for every penny. I worked with quite a few of those people, and if the government is going to fuck them over by saying they only need to be paid $2.35 an hour then I’m not going to judge them for saying they made $40 in tips a night instead of $80.

          • h4rr4r

            Since I don’t know the life situations of all servers I think I can be excused for assuming that more tax cheats are partying with the money than feeding their kids. Perhaps that simply reflects what I saw happen in the bars I worked in.

            My tipping with a card will not prevent her from doing so. My money can be in the $40.

          • malsperanza

            Nope. You are not excused. Quit obsessing about imaginary partying by imaginary feckless tax cheats. It is unbecoming.

          • h4rr4r

            Imaginary?
            I worked in bars, I know some of those feckless tax cheats. The honest starving ones paid their taxes.

          • Playonwords

            Yes, dear.

            And I bet we know what customers you had in those bars.

          • h4rr4r

            Rural folks?
            That is what you get in bars in rural areas.

          • zerosumgame0005

            OMG you mean those nasty poorz might have a beer or two (cheapest, like PBR) or even cook some stuff to eat with family or friends? HOW DARE THEY! of course they should only be sad and lonely and suffer. Hey they might even have a broken microwave or a fridge!

          • h4rr4r

            What are you on about?
            They should have all the beers and as much food as they like, they should not however cheat on their taxes. Steal the beer and food from the people actually screwing you, the restaurant owners.

          • Rachael Batten

            Statistically speaking, you hate poor women with children.

          • h4rr4r

            You are aware that poor women with children would be paying basically no taxes right? They would claim their exemptions/allowances on their w4 and that would be that.

          • Skadi

            Except for the taxes they already pay every time they buy toilet paper or diapers.

          • HanBarbara

            Besides the real tax cheating may happen when the restaurant owner fills out their schedule C. I’m establishing a small business and lost a lot of money in unsold inventory (I will get better !) and general start up and equipment costs. It added substantially to my tax refund. I was really surprised, as I found out that, even if you have another source of income, you can do this for years as long as you document and substantiate everything. An account explained to me that the restaurant business is notorious for money laundering because so much of the business is in cash.

          • malsperanza

            And does your income bracket leave you choosing between the electric bill and dinner for the kids at the end of the month? If not, then kindly take your valuable and well-developed sense of virtue and purchase a little humility with it.

          • h4rr4r

            Once upon a time, before I had kids, I was deciding between me eating and the electric bill. I still paid my taxes.
            On several occasions I dug bottles out of the trash to buy food.

            People in those situations would at least qualify for some kind of assistance. As a young able bodied person without kids I got nothing.

          • malsperanza

            “Some kind of assistance ” given to those in need does not buy you the right to judge them, still less to make sanctimonious determinations about the quality of their citizenship relative to yours.

            Good on you for paying your taxes like the rest of us. Given your righteous tone, I’m going to assume that you have never gamed your deductions or tweaked your business expenses. But here’s the thing : that still does not buy you the moral right to decide if some other person is “partying” rather than living as you think best. You pay your taxes, and that buys you a civilized society. It does not buy you either a police badge or freedom from the obligation to be generous and decent.

          • h4rr4r

            I am opposing tax cheats nothing else.
            I frankly don’t care if they are taking care of their dying mother, don’t cheat on your taxes.

            Partying is a key part to living best, or hell at all. Don’t party with stolen money, is all I ask.

            A person in the situation you imagine is going to claim as many allowances as they can on their W4 then get an EITC. Which are both good things. What they should not do is commit federal crimes.

            You are trying to turn common crooks into some moral heros.

          • Playonwords

            Of course you do, dear.

            We believe every word you say.

            and Donald Turnip is a wonderful human being

          • h4rr4r

            That short fingered bastard is a moron.

            He cheats on his taxes. Do you want to be like that ghoul?

            I alway tip too much, because I lived that life once. Just like I always tip at the car wash. Been there done that.

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            And do you normally get a negative dollar paycheck?

          • h4rr4r

            Negative paychecks have no tax burden.

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            You idiot. The check is negative because your wages weren’t enough to cover your tax burden. It’s actually a tax bill.

          • h4rr4r

            You idiot, if this happens often you likely need to increase your exemptions on the W4.

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            You are either too stupid to understand this or you are being willfully ignorant.

          • h4rr4r

            Third possibility. You are now realizing you are wrong.
            You can even make yourself exempt from withholding and pay it later.

        • nmmagyar

          Same goes for the person that does your hair/nails.

          • malsperanza

            And taxis. When I don’t have cash and pay with a CC, I bump the tip up to 25% or 30% because of this.

          • Courser

            I don’t use cabs often, but when I do, I try to always use cash. Driver’s *really* appreciate it.

        • Courser

          That’s exactly what I do. Charge the meal, cash for tips. No matter how small the check is, if I’m sitting down and it was brought to me, everyone gets a minimum of $5.

          If I can’t afford that, I can go to a drive-thru.

      • Jus_Wonderin

        I never realized this. Face palm. I will cash tip from now on.

    • nmmagyar

      I tried getting an apartment on my declared wages once. It didn’t work out very well.

  • Duke

    I’m torn about who is the bigger whiner in this one.

    I hope the waiters who quit can find jobs at other restaurants with $15 small plates where bills can easily stretch to $50 a person. Then they can continue to make hundreds of dollars per night, in cash, carrying plates and smiling at customer’s attempts at humor.

    I tip well (20%+) on small bills and coffee shops but cut it back at high-buck places. “You were so charming, here’s $50!” The quality of the food service is often not directly tied to the quality of the food so the tipping should follow suit.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Please never come to the restaurant where my daughter works.

    • Relativicus

      Neither party is whining.

    • malsperanza

      Please stay away from restaurants. Try home cooking: it’s much more economical.

    • Rick Hill

      “You’re charming” . Must be nice, my wife, being Chinese, deals with “You’re Asian. I’m familiar with your porn category, if I tip you well will you give me your number Sweetie? Don’t mind that my wife is sitting right next to me, I do what I want.”

    • nmmagyar

      You’ve obviously never waited tables. Sure, there are times that you can do great on high dollar checks and busy nights – but you are also there on days/nights that there aren’t customers coming through the doors. Or you get shithead customers that one trip you for three hours and leave a prayer card. Working breakfast and lunch are even worse.

      • Rick Hill

        The worst client my wife dealt with? She was the wife of the junior minister at the Chinese church(a white girl). She would come in with her three young kids, make an order for herself only, ask for three more orders of rice, her kids spill said rice all over the table and floor and then leave “Have a nice day.” for a tip. She’s had days filled with variants who tip nothing or less than two dollars on $80+ meals

        • nmmagyar

          I had family of four all order different table side-flambes, they tipped me the actual change on a 99.XX check. I rushed out and told the father that he forgot his change, he told me it was my tip, I told him it was an insult not a tip. I didn’t last long after that.

          • Rick Hill

            I’ve told my wife to either look at the tip then at the customer and say “That’s not a tip, that’s pocket change.” or to say something in Chinese(very sweetly) on the order of ” Your stinginess is a shame to your family. May your ancestors spirits wail at the failure you are.”
            She declines to do either.

          • nmmagyar

            She’s no fun

          • Rick Hill

            I wouldn’t say THAT…

          • nmmagyar

            I should have added “in that respect”.

          • Jennifer Nicole

            “May life be as generous with you as you have been with me.”

      • CJTX

        My only story (I didn’t wait tables long) was the woman who came in and ordered a $1.50 plate of mashed potatoes and left me 25 cents. I just ran the numbers and that’s about 17%, so win? But anyway, yeah that 25 cents put a real dent in my rent payment.

    • h4rr4r

      Is this trolling or are you just a cheap prick?
      If you don’t intend to tip at nice places, stick to the cheap ones.

      • Relativicus

        Whaaaaaat? He said he tips 20% at coffee shops!

        • h4rr4r

          Wow!
          So 60 cents on the $3 coffee. Big spender!

        • cleos_mom

          So do I, but in terms of what 20% comes to in that context it’s nothing to text home about.

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            But in that type of restaurant the server has a WAY higher guest count. AND they usually don’t have to tip out bussers and bartenders.

    • SnarkOff

      Wow, you’re an asshole. If you can afford to eat at an expensive restaurant, then pony the fuck up and pay your server.

      • cleos_mom

        And if you can’t afford to leave a decent tip — you can’t afford to eat there.

    • bggb

      First of all, yes the quality of service is most certainly tied to how expensive the restaurant is. More expensive restaurants should have more experienced wait staff and be better staffed so that the servers are less overworked, can cater to your needs better, and help with things like wine recommendations.

      If that’s not the case, you’re not going to to right expensive (or even mid-priced) restaurants.

      But even if we grant your point (we’re being generous), the skill of the kitchen workers, from busboys to line cooks, is most certainly tied to the quality of the food. And if you’re not tipping the wait staff well, that means you’re not tipping the kitchen and bar staff either.

      As this issue clearly shows (as would talking to almost any server in the country) being an employee at a restaurant is barely financially possible assuming a basic 20% tip.

      If you can’t meet that barest of financial burdens as part of how this food economy works, don’t eat out.

      • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

        Let me tell ya’ though, I’ve waited tables in places that sold $20 martinis and $250 bottles of wine but when I worked at a truck stop I could afford to eat at places that sold $20 martinis and $250 bottles of wine!

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      Yeah, but just how often do you eat at Olive Garden, anyway?

  • malsperanza

    Ask any tipped employee at a restaurant near you if they would prefer to
    make a set wage or hustle and create their own destiny.

    Huh, so in Maine, restaurant staff are permitted to supplement their income with prostitution? Who knew?

    Seems like an ideal solution to me. I can’t see what the fuss is about.

    PS Is that eggs florentine wif lerbster? Damn.

    • cleos_mom

      I’m guessing that by that standard, people living under bridges or in their cars are creating their own destiny.

      • yyyaz

        Send names of those spotted in cars to Rancid Prepuce, he’ll get local “officials” out there to confiscate the illegal domiciles and their contents posthaste. And have the scofflaws shot jailed.

      • malsperanza

        It’s very inspiring.

    • arglebargle

      I thought Destiny was working the pole down at the Jiggly Room.

      • Playonwords

        Sounds like a pornographic game of Clue
        “Destiny with the pole in the Jiggly Room”

        • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

          Well, Mrs. Peacock did it in the library with a candlestick.

    • Playonwords

      Nice catch!

    • Skadi

      Or maybe pool hustling was meant?

  • An employee paid a living wage and working a semi-fixed schedule will be a happier, more productive employee.

    An employee also provided with paid sick leave will likewise be happier and your customers will be happier too not having to worry about getting sick because the people handling their food couldn’t take a day off of work to recover from the flu or the norovirus.

    • SnarkOff

      Seriously. You’d think Republicans, who only want change that is in their own self-interest, would understand this.

    • Whale Chowder

      My daughter just learned this lesson recently, when she had to get off her bus to puke in the garbage can and was then berated for being late to her server job. I’m sure her customers were thrilled that she was able to make it in to work that day.

      The restaurant business is pretty nasty to its employees from all I’ve heard.

  • Henri205

    Governor LePage is a wicked big idiot.

  • natoslug

    The dol page is depressing as all fuck. Kudos to my home state for at least paying 50%-75% of a living wage, which none of those other fuckers are doing. How on earth are you going to afford a second car elevator (or food, rent, utilities, basic human dignity . . . ) on $2.13 per hour? But really, people in the service industry have nobody to blame but themselves — if they didn’t want to live hand-to-mouth, they should have been born into wealth.

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    True story: Virgina’s tip rate is $2.13.
    We’re #1, We’re #1, We’re #1

    • Master Contrail Program

      Geez, even Florida, of all places is $5 something, and pegged to inflation.

      • Jen_Baker_VA

        Virginia is better at Florida of being worse at something?
        Banner day for the Old Dominion!

      • Pickwicknext

        FLORIDA?? So confused…

    • natoslug

      I’m stuck here in the loser state of California. We pay our service workers enough that they might almost feel like fully-fledged human beings. This shall not stand!

    • Jennifer Nicole

      Texas is also $2.13. And one of the states that refuses to expand medicare. So minimum wage AND no health insurance for you. Take that.

  • Indiepalin

    I want you to hold the chicken between your knees.

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      Now if your cock is long enough to hold between your knees, we need to talk.

  • witsended

    You Pinkham are a typical leftie agitator who wants to destroy the untied states.
    I have read what Michelle Corry wrote in her op ed thing and she has the best paid employees in the catering universe.
    She say. My employees always exceed the minimum wage by $20 to $30 per hour.
    Which by my maths means that for a basic 40 hour week they is earning $1,500 a week or $78,000 a year.
    Explain that if you can?

    http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/03/22/wage-proposal-has-huge-flaw/

    • Tovarish Z

      Maybe she is lying? How would she prove this?

    • TheGayAgenda

      Can’t tell if Poe’s law

      • Jen_Baker_VA

        Note the “untied states”
        most assuredly Poe

        • witsended

          Someone got it.

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            “My maths” was a clear giveaway.

    • Third Bedrock

      Read what you said: “She say. My employees always exceed the minimum wage. . .”, as well as the fact that she spoke on behalf of her employees. Now see those same employees walk out and quit based on her lying.

      Do you think she’s telling the truth regarding the minimum wage of her employees?

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Wow if her employees always exceed the min wage by 20-30 bucks per hour (which means that every table is tipping them at least what, 10 bucks? Ok then) then why should she pay them at all?

    • Dude.

      Learn to write. You can come back when you figure out the basics…

      • GDleftyPart2

        How benevolent of you to think he could learn the basics, ever.
        King on.

      • duckshoe

        The use of “untied states” suggests intended humor. But who can tell.

      • Skadi

        I suspect this may be a Poe who read Rubio’s whiny plea and felt inspired.

    • HanBarbara

      Her actual employees don’t seem to think so. Otherwise, why would they voluntarily quit these fabulous jobs?

    • AnOuthouse

      If true, then why did they quit?

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      Explanation? She’s a lying cunt. But now that she has publicly declared that her employees make $20 to $30 above minimum wage I think it would be interesting to take a look and see if she is paying the federal government her matching FICA and Medicare taxes. Because I guarantee you she isn’t.

  • SnarkOff

    Dear restaurant owners, media companies both old and new, film producers, book publishers, tech startups, all manner of small business owners and Arianna Huffington: If making ends meet at your business requires you to 1. Not pay your workers or 2. Pay your workers crap, then YOUR BUSINESS MODEL IS NOT SUSTAINABLE.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      You win the internet with that, right there.

    • yyyaz

      Ra Men.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      You forgot farm owners, especially Strawberries and

  • cleos_mom

    Sounds like an op-ed during the Jim Crow era: the “good ones” don’t want anything to do with that equality nonsense…..

  • Joshua Norton

    Damn! I read the whole thing and all I can think of is “moar Eggs Florentine with Lobster please”.

  • Hasn’t someone taken Trump to court for keeping tips from a catered event? Or something like that?

    • Playonwords

      No-no-nononono

      It wasn’t Trump it was his sub-contractors. Trump can’t over see every little detail (he’s an enterprener, don’t cha know) so he couldn’t make sure that ethical sub-contractors were hired.

      • OF COURSE it wasn’t Trump. How silly of me.

  • Master Contrail Program

    Once again, if tipping was abolished, and all tipped employees were paid an arbitrary “living wage”….. The menu prices would:

    A. Stay the same.
    B. Decrease.
    C. Increase.

    Despite all the benevolent, and unconcerned with profit, small business owners in this country. The answer is C. The answer will always be C.

    • Playonwords

      Given that a tip should be about 20% the honourable customers will end up paying less.

      • SuspectedDemocrat

        Yeah but why should the cheapskates suffer? When money’s tight I have the option to walk in to a restaurant and say, “Look I’m on a budget, could you give me really lousy service and be rude so I can save a few bucks on the tip? Thanks, I really appreciate it.”

        • Playonwords

          You forgot “… but you can have this tract that looks like a $20 bill”

          • SuspectedDemocrat

            Jesus saves! By stiffing the waitstaff. No wonder they got seated at that ridiculously long table in the back of the room.

          • r m reddicks

            I always wondered why they all sat on the same side of the table.

    • Third Bedrock

      Would they increase past the 20% tip that you’re already giving? (Or that you should be giving, since you read like someone who doesn’t tip well.)

      So if Current Price + Tip > Increased Price + 0 (no tip), what’s the drawback?

      • Master Contrail Program

        Since we’re making bold assumptions on the strength of one comment. You read like somebody that doesn’t read well. I’m a bartender, myself.

        • Third Bedrock

          Considering you didn’t answer the question, you apparently don’t read well either. But I’ll apologize for the presumption; have one on my tab.

          But do you have an answer to my question?

          • Master Contrail Program

            Hmm. If minimum wage for servers is $2.13 and is raised to say, $12/hr. Do you imagine the price per plate only increases 20%? I’ll grant that it might, at some smaller places with fewer servers, and higher table loads. Does the level of service remain consistent? Again, I can’t answer that for every person or place. I know any time I’ve had large groups of Europeans at my hotel, they tend to remark that Americans are more attentive.

            Unlike Johnny Cash, I haven’t been everywhere. So your mileage may vary.

          • Third Bedrock

            But recall that the restaurant owner has to pay the difference between the minimum wage and what the worker hasn’t made in tips. So if someone was working for $2.13/hr, but only made $1 in tips during that hour, and the minimum wage is $7.25, the restaurant owner has to pay 7.25 – 3.13 = $4.12/hr to the worker. (In a manner of speaking, their minimum wage “increased” to $6.25/hr).

            So a tip is, in effect, a subsidy to the restaurant owner, so that they can keep *their* labor costs low.

            Why grant a restaurant owner a subsidy this way? Is it realistic to offer low prices for food just so you can skimp on the wages of the staff, and hope to make up for it in tips while knowing that your profits go down if there aren’t enough tips?

          • Master Contrail Program

            Touche. Sometimes my confirmation biases(I make damn good tips percentage-wise) and knee-jerk memories of when I haven’t can cloud my internal monologue. Apologies for being brusque.

          • Third Bedrock

            I’m guilty as well, so apologies accepted, as I hope my own was.

    • Banrion

      If nothing whatsoever changes in the restaurant industry then Menu Prices will:

      A. Stay the same.

      B. Decrease.

      C. Increase.

      The answer is still ALWAYS C because the owners set the prices as cost + arbitrary profit and will get their profit no matter what.

      • brittany

        And it would still be customary to add a tip!

    • Frank The Rat

      Of course it may increase, right along with every other competitor’s pricing. However, in a “perfect” economic world (long run) it will only increase by the amount that labor represents in the total cost of the meal; IOW not much.

    • zerosumgame0005

      then again since they will be paid better and since other wages always follow along, other people will be able to afford the increased prices on goods and services. so it is still a net gain for the economy

    • brittany

      But it would no longer be customary to tip, so your final expense for the meal would be menu price + taxes + 0% tip, instead of menu price + taxes + 15% tip.

      • Master Contrail Program

        Yeah, MCP hadn’t fully thought this through in his rush to comment. Between a particularly long night into morning, and battling with Disqus for dominance, some not well thought out arguments were made in this thread, and elsewhere.

        End of line.

    • Jennifer Nicole

      Yes, but the fun part is that the price is dispersed through the menu prices, so that the prices only really increase by a few cents. Does it really bother you that your meatloaf is now $9.95 instead of $9.45? Because stay home and make your own if so.

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      And?

    • DT

      Yes. They would increase. In fact, DOUBLING the minimum wage would make the Big Mac cost a whopping (swidt)24 cents more.

  • bluicebank

    Let me just say, that as much as I know that the waiter doesn’t cook, he/she deserves a good tip. Because I know retail, and those fuckers who call themselves customers. I tip not because of good service, but to compensate for assholes. Retail, especially the servers, suffer greatly from the vaunted assholery of the American public.

    Most of “them” are cool. It’s the fuckers that get to you. Which is why I developed a website. I’ll get my tip on the percentage, though the fuckers still manage to reach out and … hey if you haven’t worked retail …

    But I’m a good cook, so why bother? But when I do get out, I already know. They get 20-25% easy from me, and no bitching — err unless it’s fucked up, which, odd, only seems to happen at higher-end restaurants. Indeed, me and my gal, while watching “Treme,” still bitch about lousy service at la-dee-da Dookies or however they spell it in New Orleans, while we threw a dart at any other joint or cart on NOLA and get the best food ever, even better than San Fran. But Dookie-whatever was the fucking worst, food and service. But everyone said it was the shit, so we tipped. Fuck. Best meal we ate was out of roll-up like in L.A., ate over a trash can during the Jazz Fest. (soft-shelled crab poboy, baby, you never go back.)

    So you go into a low end, tip well. You go into a high-end and they give you shit, fuck ’em. Tip high on the low, fellows, if the spirit moves you. Make the high-end earn it.

    • nmmagyar

      Waiters always tip the bus staff, usually the bartender and in some places the kitchen.

    • chicken thief

      Mmm, I’m not real comfy with that. Everyone doesn’t get a 20% participation trophy. All three of my children and my wife have worked in the food service industry at some point, two still do. I tip well for good service, extremely well for excellent service. But I refuse to be generous for shit service ‘just because’.

      • nmmagyar

        My base is 15%, that goes up or down (but never to 0) based on service

        • chicken thief

          The last time I went out to eat I tipped $75 on a $125 bill, but my youngest son used to work at the place so they comped us a round of drinks and a dessert (we only had the one) and specially made an appetizer for my friend that used to be on the menu but no longer was.

          If I feel like 20% is too much, I make sure they know why.

          • nmmagyar

            75 on a 125 check would have gotten you a blow job (or at least the offer of one) when I was waiting tables.

          • chicken thief

            Now you tell me…. :-)

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            Maybe the offer still stands.

          • chicken thief

            And maybe the GOP establishment will crown Marco Rubio “GOP Candidate for POTUS 2016”! A man can dream…

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            They are getting just desperate enough to do just that!

          • DT

            It was $75 on about $200, still pretty generous though.

          • nmmagyar

            That would have only gotten you a hand-y.

          • Aquaria

            Back when our household was doing well, my husband and I would go as high as 50% on a high end meal ($200+ meal/drink tab), but the service at this particular restaurant was out of this world. We also tended to spend three hours eating there, so that guy had definitely worked for his tip that night. Not that we’re all that demanding. If anything, we prefer for wait staff to leave us alone for the most part, and tend to the necessities as needed, like refills, clearing used plates, and so on.

            We’d actually considered going higher on the tip the first time because we enjoyed everything so much that first evening, but we decided the best thing we could do is come again in the future, ask for that server, specifically, and tip well again.

            The next time we went, with a request for the same server, we got treated like royalty. Funny, a couple of our cocktails didn’t show up on the bill, and our dessert didn’t, either.

            It was always like that. We paid a big tip for great service, and we got a big thanks from the waiter in return.

          • chicken thief

            Being nice to the servers, with both cash and courtesy, does pay dividends.

      • Lily412

        I don’t know–I see where they are coming from. People get hazard pay for dangerous jobs, customer service phone reps often get commissions or bonuses because they have to deal with people screaming and cussing at them all day, so I think it’s totally fine to tip a restaurant server just because it’s a fair bet they had a bad shift.

        • chicken thief

          Are you suggesting we should generously tip a mediocre server on the off chance the previous customer might have been a total asshole?

          There is a fair chance that a server has met an asshole on any given day – I’ll grant that. But I still prefer to tip on their interaction with me. (And only with the things they can control, that is, I wouldn’t reduce the tip for the server because the bartender screwed up a drink or the kitchen erred on a dish. )

          • Lily412

            I’m just saying what I do. I used to be a server, so I know it sucks.

            ETA: I tip no matter what, but I rarely ever get bad service. This one time our server was pretty dang terrible–like having a conversation within sight of us when she knew we needed something–but I still tipped. I will tip better for good service, though.

    • Frank The Rat

      “Treme”, damn I miss Kim Dickens.

      I used to travel to New Orleans a lot because it was in my sales territory and a shit ton of business conventions are held there. My usual was to get out of town, often the Garden District, for a small, chef often out among the clients, kind of place.

      If at a conference we always loved taking people from Cleveland, Chicago or wherever on our little jaunts. Our usual was to take the trolley and get off within a couple of blocks of our destination to enjoy a bit of walking on a humid evening. After dinner and drinks we’d get back on the trolley going the same direction and ride it to then end of the line, stay on board for the “turnaround” (which is cool in N.O.) and then ride it back into the convention area. Fun times.

  • Playonwords

    Brave employees

    Pretty looking ruined lobster. Best lobster is fresh off the barbecue.

    • nmmagyar

      Even though I grew up on the ocean, I never learned that trick until we grilled lobsters from Jordan’s on Long Island

      • Playonwords

        The Cornish only learned it when surfing took off. Then those surfers coming back from Australia brought the idea with them.

    • Calli Arcale

      I don’t care because hollandaise. I will eat probably anything if it has hollandaise on it. When we have hollandaise at home, I deliberately make too much, and then what’s left I slather on lefse, so thick it squirts out when I roll up the lefse to eat it.

      My husband looks on in horror.

      But I cannot help myself.

      It is hollandaise.

      • nmmagyar

        Hollandaise is the only reason I own a double boiler

        • Diane T.

          Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold up right there. You do NOT need a double boiler to make hollandaise. Here’s a 2-minute recipe: all you need is a stick blender, eggs, lemon juice, and butter.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOWzVV_XrcM

          You’re welcome.

          • nmmagyar

            My mom makes “Blender Hollandaise”, but is just feels lazy to me if you don’t run the risk of ruining it and having to start over. I like to live on the edge :-)

          • Diane T.

            Well, there is something to be said for living on the ragged edge of disaster. So now, you have options. Enjoy!

      • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

        And on garden fresh asparagus? OMFG!

        • Calli Arcale

          Damn, now I’m hungry again! :-D

    • brittany

      I love bbqing lobster tail, but for the whole ones I’ve only ever boiled them, then sometimes done other stuff after they’re cooked. I have heard that you can bbq them whole, but how do you kill them? Please do not tell me you just toss them on the grill and slam the lid down!

      • r m reddicks

        I believe Godwin’s nemesis once set down some rules for the proper dispatch of lobsters.

      • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

        They’re just giant cockroaches. Who cares?

        • brittany

          OMG, if cockroaches were that tasty, I would’ve been in heaven a few years ago!

          **I wasn’t, I was in hell, so I moved.

        • ahughes798

          I care. I was raised that if you had to kill an animal, you did it instantly and painlessly as possible. Any animal, even a giant cockroach.

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            So we should smash lobsters with a shoe?

          • ahughes798

            The knife through the head thing works pretty well.

      • dj_1973

        Stick a knife in their head, or they’ll move around on the grill. But think of them as giant bugs – they are not more advanced than your average mosquito.

  • kindness

    It’s Maine. I know Maine was never really liberal. It was always the crotchety uncle for the rest of New England (where New Hampshire was the crazy uncle but…). But still, Maine never used to be Texas. Somehow in the last decade or so being Texas seems to have become one of Maine’s goals. You get what you vote for or more likely, you get what those who vote, vote for.

    • dj_1973

      It’s not everyone’s goal. Damned three-party system.

  • unrelatedwaffle

    I always tip 30% (learned behavior: my dad worked in restaurants pretty much from the ages of 12-25 and always tipped 30%), but I’ve recently started my own personal income redistribution program where I tip $20 once a week no matter the bill (as long as it’s still over 30%, natch).

    If you can afford it, do it. Servers work their feet off for no recognition and go home smelling like clam chowder and low-grade tomato sauce every night. Make someone’s day, get their kid the shoes they need for school or grandma’s medication or just a nice bottle of wine to enjoy after making sure YOU never have to learn how to fucking cook because restaurants are cheap and plentiful.

    • Lily412

      The kitchen staff, especially, have insane hours. When I was a server at a teppenyaki place, there was only a 2-3 hour window in the middle of the day when we closed down, otherwise it was open 11-11 like every day. The chefs would often spend that downtime taking a nap in the booths, then dragging themselves up again to prep for the dinner shift. It was brutal.

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    I worked as a bartender when I was in college. It was a pretty busy biker bar, and the tips were very good. Minimum wage at the time (40 years ago) was $1.65/hr. We got $0.83 plus tips. Fortunately I would usually make $40-$50 a night in tips.
    It sucked, but it paid my tuition and books, $10 for a 4 finger bag, and I seldom went home alone.

  • Frank The Rat

    The headline made me think this would be about the asshole from Dunkin Donuts saying his employees should fuck off and die. I live in Colorado but I’m thinking about taking a vacation in Maine just to not eat at this place.

    I never worked in any job that required me to serve the general public but if I had I would have spent most of my life in jail because my “justifiable homicide” defense would not have flown with most juries. I also spent most of my working life in jobs that required a lot of time on the road so lots of hotels and restaurants for me. At my “regular” places (retired now) I’m recognized and called by name because I generally tip a minimum of 25% and a flat $5.00 for a couple of coffees at a local (because fuck chain operations) coffee place.

    I know this sounds like bragging (well I guess it is) but we’re both retired professionals with no kids, so other than our own fun shit what else are we going to do with our moneezz.

  • YoBunnyBunny

    The summer before I went to college, I was waitress at some little burger joint place. Some weeks, my paycheck wasn’t even worth the paper it was printed on.

    And when I went off to college, I vowed to never the fuck ever work as a waitress. So far, so good.

  • Dowager Countess

    Michelle may be (is, apparently) a beotch, but Steve Corry can cook his ass off.

  • SDGeoff

    That photo of the eggs (florentine? sardou?) has me all upset and ready to run for our local breakfast place!

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      I don’t think Denny’s has that on their menu.

      • SDGeoff

        The only time I go to Denny’s is taking someone home from the hospital and for some gawddam reason, it’s where they want to go.

        • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

          I worked for Denny’s for 13 years. So often there would be a line out the door. I used to think, “what the fuck is wrong with you people?”

          • Mimihaha

            My mother has discovered Denny and his senior discount.

  • Smokahontas

    I hope that place has a very hard time replacing those righteous servers! I also hope Michelle is served a very salty rat dick souffle the next time she eats out. Servers of the world UNITE!

    • SDGeoff

      In the world of restaurant service, she’s toast. I hope she likes her own cooking, because it’s the only safe food she will ever get.

    • Angry and Short

      The only thing you have to lose is your aprons!

  • SessileRaptor

    Reporting from the blasted hellscape that is MN, I can say that paying servers minimum+tips has resulted in a barren wasteland where the last time I swung a stick around I only hit like 3 restaurants. On my bus route to work I’ve only seen 2 new places open and one established one expand it’s hours. In downtown where they have to deal with high rent I only have about 20 choices within a short walk, such is life under the cruel whip of paying your employees an actual wage.

    Also, servers who are advocating for a living wage ARE “Hustling to create their own destiny” so you can fuck the hell right off you evil bitch.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Do you also go by the name: “Lizard People”…?

      • SessileRaptor

        No that I’m aware of, no.

  • lowtechcyclist

    Here’s one more thing about that $2.13 sub-minimum wage: sure, maybe the tips make up the difference during the lunch and dinner rushes. But the restaurant manager can require the staff to work the times before, after, and in between for a measly $2.13/hour, when there’s hardly anyone in the place to leave a tip. (And yeah, good luck getting paid the difference between $2.13 and the regular minimum wage for those hours.) That’s freakin’ crazy.

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      Also, a good portion of the work a server does is not waiting on tables where a tip could be earned but doing this wonderful thing called “side work”. This can include everything from rolling silverware to actual kitchen food prep.

      • Aquaria

        Also washing dishes, sweeping floors, cleaning the gum off the underside of tables–

        If you have time to lean, you have time to clean.

        • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

          I really could have gone the rest of my life without hearing that!

  • OneYieldRegular

    Donald Trump will promise to make up the tip credit gap, particularly if, in exchange, restaurant employees will agree to assault protestors.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      And had better be a terrific assault, the best assault ever, or no money for them.

    • Skadi

      Don’t give him any ideas…

  • Bitter Scribe

    Fun fact: The sub-minimum “tipped wage” was introduced by St. Ronnie to keep servers honest.

    Big corporations and the people who run them may get away with murder on tax day, but by God, those restaurant servers are not going to be allowed to cheat Uncle Sam, even if they have to starve for it. (And if they’re starving, they can just steal food, right?)

    • Angry and Short

      Let them eat Jelly Beans

    • Iam Reading

      Fuck zombie raygun

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      Not quite. The “tip credit” was around long before RR. The law that every server made at least an 8% tip on every table they ever waited on was under his admin, though. It was championed by Sen Dole of Kansas, who declared on the Senate Floor that food servers were comparable to drug dealers and prostitutes when it came to paying taxes.

      • tomamitai

        The law isn’t that the server make at least an 8% tip, it’s that the restaurant must “…ensure that the total tip income reported to you during any pay period is, at a minimum, equal to 8% of your total receipts for that period.” Apparently, the IRS assumes that the servers are getting at least 8% tips, and so the employer must report that they are getting at least 8%!

        The weird and confusing part is this: “Note: The amount shown as allocated tip income is for information purposes only. You are not required to withhold Income or Social Security taxes on the allocated tip income. The amount of tip income allocated to each employee is shown in box 8 of their Form W-2.” WTF?!? What happens if the individual employee reports less than 8%? Will the IRS just shrug and say “oh, well, I guess that’s all you got in tips” and just take their word for it? Is there anybody here who has worked as an accountant for a restaurant who can tell us how this works?

      • MrCanoehead

        Comparable to drug dealers and hookers, but still better than CEOs and corporations.

    • Aquaria

      It existed long before RR. When I was a waitress in the 70s, we had the sub-minimum wage + tip thing going.

  • Angry and Short

    At this point, I don’t really care if there is an eaterypocalypse. We don’t need anymore burger joints, taco joints, gastropubs, simulated dive bars, Thai joints, Pho Bowlers, Sexy Tex Mex, Breastauraunts, Craft breworamas, hipster bowling alleys, craft cocktail factories, Ramen houses, Chaat and chews, Mediterranean “Troughs” , shitbird generic BBQ brothels, upscale BBQ brothels, and other nonsense. We need to make something in this country other than dinner.

    • Anna_in_pdx

      Hi, you must live in Portland? (Not the one in the article, the other one)

      • Angry and Short

        No I live in Dallas. We’re 30 second behind on food fads and 50 years behind on social matters.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Tensies? Second breakies?…

      • Angry and Short

        I assume second breakies is a second breakfast thing?

        • Toomush_Infer

          Then there’s Elevensies…

          • handyhippie65

            so like, you every hour, on the hour? do you get anything else done?

    • Angry and Short

      I filed to mention BRUNCH! I’m so goddammed sick of people using brunch as an excuse to get fucked up in the daylight.

      • r m reddicks

        Excuse? We don’t need no stinkin’ excuses.

    • cleos_mom

      Add to that: “gluten free” menu choices.

      Yes, some people are gluten intolerant. At present, for every person who is, there are a couple of dozen who would heat deer scat if it was billed as adventurous.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Fine. But what about the dishwasher, the busboy…?

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      What makes you think a min wage increase would be exempt to dishwashers and busboys?

    • brittany

      They get regular minimum wage, even if it only rises to $10, like their boss was petitioning, instead of $12, that’s still more than the average server makes per hour after tips.

    • gratuitous

      No idea. Many years ago when I bused tables and washed dishes at a family restaurant (a step up from McDonald’s, but a step or two below, say, Olive Garden), we got the same pay as the waitresses (they were all women), and the waitresses were “expected” to share “some” of their tips with us back-end boys. The idea was that part of a tip left at the table was due to the table being clean and nicely set for the customers’ arrival.

      One waitress was very conscientious about sharing out a dollar (pretty decent in those days) from her tips every shift. If she only made a dollar, her entire night’s tips went into my pocket. Usually, though, it was more, but I still got the dollar.

      The rest of the waitresses? Not so much. I’ll never forget watching one waitress happily count out about $15 in tips right in front of me in the employee break room, drop it all in her purse and smilingly walk out the back. Every other person in the room watched her do it, looked at me in disbelief, and one person observed that that was pretty cold.

      What could I do about it? Not a goddam thing.

      • sw19womble

        Make sure all her plates went out dirty?

    • Tobias B. Santa

      When I bused tables, I was paid min wage by the restaurant I worked for.

  • goonemeritus

    But waitress flirting to increase their tip is the only way olds like me ever get noticed.

    • sw19womble

      Do what I do and stick your hand up in the air until someone notices.

    • ahughes798

      Isn’t it weird how one becomes invisible after a certain age? I don’t know if I like it, or not.

      • Mimihaha

        You have to learn when to use it to your advantage.

      • goonemeritus

        There are some advantages, not all attention was welcome in my youth.

  • disqus_tu7SEHpgGp

    Raising the minimum wage will cause job loss, in the child-care industry, because then the worker can spend time at home with their family instead of paying for child-care.

    • AncienReggie

      Idiot troll need to come out from under their bridge and check the real world. Wages are economic multipliers and poverty is contagious community-wide (you dickless shit).

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        I think maybe this was sarcasm this time.

      • Audio7

        I agree but the person (or robot) you are replying to probably thinks a multiplier is something Ron Popeil (of Ronco® fame) would pimp on an informercial.

      • cleos_mom

        I checked the profile and concluded that the post was satirical. Best to use some indicator such as

    • handyhippie65

      if a business can’t pay a decent wage, and remain in business. it shouldn’t exist. get out of the way for someone who can run a business, and do it ethically, and legally.

      • cleos_mom

        Same on the customer end: if you can’t afford to leave a decent tip after the cost of the meal, you can’t afford to eat there.

        • handyhippie65

          if my server were paid as they should be, there would be no need to tip. they don’t tip in europe. we only do, because they aren’t paid enough here.

          • jexx

            That’s right. So until the system changes, TIP YOUR SERVER.

          • handyhippie65

            i do. when i was a little tiny thing, my mom worked three different jobs as a cook to keep a roof over our head, and food on the table. at a whopping 1.60 an hour. no tips.

  • SessileRaptor

    I know it would have been too unprofessional, but I would have liked to have seen the 5 servers drop mic and walk out right at the start of a weekend dinner rush. I’m sure the owner would have gotten by via hustling and creating her own destiny.

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      They all still have to get their next jobs, so they have to behave just professional enough to not get black-listed.

      • SessileRaptor

        Exactly right.

  • calliecallie

    I hate these small business dicks that think like this! I know what’s best for my employees so stay out of my way, big government. I recently got a spammy kind of email at work recommending I contact my congressman to let him know that I do not favor requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for their employees. Normally I would not respond to such an email from work, but it came at the end of a particularly bad day, and it just so happened that in my mid-size college town literally hundreds of people had recently been sickened by norovirus at a recent hotel convention. I let those emailing bastards know in no uncertain terms that helllll yessss there should be paid sick leave for everyone, and if a business can’t afford to provide it, maybe they shouldn’t be in business. Grrr.
    Thank you for letting me rant.

    • umrguy42

      NY is considering paid parental leave, and every so often, I see another article/survey/op-ed about how hard it’ll be on small business, and exploited by the people. I’m like, F that. So long as it’s men and women, I’m all for a paid leave period.

  • Jeremy7

    Here in NV, there is no tip credit and thus all servers must receive $7.25/hr minimum (actually $8.25 unless the employer also offers a “qualifying health plan”), and yet there is an abundance of good, reasonably priced restaurants (just stay off the Vegas strip). So much for the eaterypocalypse.

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      Unions. Aren’t they just the worst?

  • Nockular cavity

    “Create their own destiny???” Jiminy Crickets, lady, they’re serving fucking lobster rolls, not setting siege to Carthage.

    • goddessoftransitory

      “And I’m helping by making sure they can’t put a dime towards their dreams!”

      • umrguy42

        God, I miss that show. And I totally do “Bizarro. I’m helping!” every so often :P

        • Tobias B. Santa

          Same here. Thankfully, the husband gets it.

  • CJTX

    I worked in a restaurant in college (not in TX) in the 90’s, that was owned by a few local dudes, yay for small business! We never ever received a check, not even one that said this is all going to taxes. I asked it about it once, one co-owner told me, well that $2.xx is going all to taxes so we don’t even bother writing checks. Yay for small business!

    I think on my worst shift, I walked away with about $17 – if I remember correctly. But I do know for damn sure they never (NEVER) “made up the difference”. Such a screw job.

    Yay for small business!

    EDIT: Fixed the misspelling of “yay”. It’s early for me.

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      It also means that they didn’t have to pay THEIR matching taxes in FICA and Medicare. Regulators always go after the big chain restaurants while the independent ones get away with murder. Yeah for small business, indeed!

      • CJTX

        I hadn’t thought of that…diabolical! And obviously the government is bankrupting small business (yay small business!) with taxes and Fica and Medicare…such bullshit.

    • Jennifer Nicole

      My sister’s ex worked at IHOP. When he made less than minimum wage difference on tips, he didn’t get reimbursed – he was written up. Because if you’re getting shitty tips, you’re either lying about your tips or you’re a bad server, according to IHOP logic.

      • CJTX

        Wow. Interesting how, when it comes to being screwed by corporations, somebody always has a story that’s even worse than yours.

      • noamsane

        note to self: don’t eat at IHOP. (makes sad face…mmmm, IHOP.)

      • SixFlaggot

        I briefly (like, less than three weeks) worked at Steak n Shake in Florida right after college. At orientation, they explained that if you didn’t make minimum wage because of poor tips as a server (which I wasn’t one of, thankfully) they would pay the difference and issue disciplinary action. I became a little more jaded about the world that day.

  • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

    The following is a list of things that would cause the end of the world as we know it: ending slavery, women’s suffrage, school integration, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the military, women in combat positions, gays in the military, gay marriage. All of these would bring on doom, fire and brimstone and the Apocalypse. These things occurred one time and were done and over with. The Federal Minimum Wage has been increased 22 times. Twenty. Two. Times. Still waiting for that fire and brimstone we’ve been promised.
    As it is now, and employee only need make $30 per month in tips to qualify for this ass fucking called the “tip credit”. What I never see addressed is the fact that servers never claim all they make in tips. In the thirty years I worked in F&B I never saw one who did. Who the hell would? Claiming all your tips doesn’t just get you a zero dollar pay check. It gets you a negative dollar pay check. It’s not a paycheck. It’s a fucking bill that needs to be payed. Eliminating the tip credit would bring a dramatic increase in the amount servers pay in State, Federal, FICA and Medicare taxes as well as eliminate the ass fucking.

    • CJTX

      Conservatives only believe in economic stimulus’ that benefit people who are already rich. You gotta make sure those asshats who gave you a campaign donation (unlimited campaign donation!) last election cycle will be able to give you one next cycle.

      Yay for the free market, where you can defeat the principles of a free market by buying off politicians to give you preferential treatment.

      • SessileRaptor

        One constant I’ve noticed over my lifetime is that business owners will praise the “free market” the heavens when it suits them, then instantly do everything in their power to shut it down if they see actual competition on the horizon.

        • CJTX

          That or try everything they can to contort, grease, or weasel themselves through the loopholes in laws that are already incredibly generous to business owners.

          Years later, I’m still stunned about by that piece Jon Stewart did on the daily show about Shell and GM paying roughly no taxes. Shell was making billions in profits (not revenue, PROFITS) around the 2008 – 2012 economic disaster.

          I’d look for the clip, but I’m lazy – which is probably why I’m not a billionaire.

          • JustDon’tSayDittos

            Or, you’re not a billionaire, so you don’t have time to look for clips. You’re too busy not commenting.

          • Jennaratrix

            The multi-billion dollar company my husband works for paid less in taxes – actual dollar amount, not a lower tax rate – than my husband and I did last year. I don’t need Jon Stewart to illustrate the inequity of the tax code, I’m living it.

            And I don’t mind paying my fair share; I just think everyone else should, too.

    • Mr Corrections

      You left out a number of unimportant minor things from your list, like the five-day working week, the 8 hour working day, ending child labour, and trade unions.

      • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

        My fingers started to cramp up.

      • cleos_mom

        And the reverse is the “right to work” (for less).

    • revenant

      don’t forget rock and roll, which was certain to, first, destroy Western Civilization, and then bring down The Wrath Of God.
      Evidently, the Apocalypse has done came and went with none of us the wiser.

    • cleos_mom

      You left out women discarding their corsets and cutting their hair after the nineteen-teens. That caused a bigger uproar than the miniskirt a half-century later.

  • “whatever the incredibly white Maine equivalent is of “oh HELL naw.”
    I believe that would be lobstah PLEASE…

    • Dudleydidwrong

      My experience with the Maine equivalent of “oh HELL naw” is “No fucken way!” spoken after calling someone a “Son-of-a-hoah who is dummer-‘n-a hake!”

      That, of course, always applies to Gov. Library Paste.

      • jexx

        Library Paste Libelz!!!1!one!!eleventyone!!

  • CJTX

    Because the people who have stories like these don’t really deserve a minimum wage, much less a living wage.
    I share this with everyone I know who works in retail and dining jobs.

    https://notalwaysright.com/

  • YayConspiracy

    Servers, waiters, workers around the world unite!

    • Hesavebread!

      Many don’t need to, many countries have a minimum wage which isn’t tied to tipping.

  • thenearesthippie

    I’m sure someone’s already mentioned this, but California is set to raise its minimum wage from $10/hr to $15/hr by 2022. I’ve lived in California my entire life and experienced many raises in the minimum wage. Every time, it’s destroyed the state. That’s why California has only the 8th largest economy in the *world* and provides sweet sweet tax dollars to red state takers.

    What I’m saying is fuck you Maine and Michelle Corry.

    • Wildlebendes

      Please do not say “Fuck You” for all of us. Not all of us are Paul LeRage or Michelle Corry.

      • Tony

        #notallmaine

      • thenearesthippie

        I know it’s #notallmainers (mainites?mainiacs?). In 2008 I was heard to exclaim “Fuck you California!” when Prop 8 passed, even though many of us voted against it.

        • TorchBearer2

          The only good thing about prop 8 passing, aside from starting the ball rolling on civil rights, was that the previous measure (22) passed with 61% while 8 passed with 52%. So the changes in thought were already there, but not moving as fast. It also started to shine light on how out of state interests were involved in politics (Knights of Columbus, LDS church, and possibly the Koch bros).

      • Istenno

        hey, look. many states are getting that treatment. i’m from NC, for goodness sake. i beat my state in the chest until its heart starts functioning again. i don’t care how many ribs i break in the process.

    • And let’s not forget that small businesses (which most restaurants are) get an extra year to get to $15 an hour.

      If I can’t figure out a way to raise employee wages to $15 an hour in seven years, I don’t deserve to be in business.

    • Ulricii

      You nailed every it’s and its in your post. Kudos to your California education, hipster. And to you also.

      • thenearesthippie

        Thank you :D

  • Gregory Brown

    Wow. Having worked in the trade I can just see the steam coming out of the servers’ ears when they read THAT piece of lying tripe.

  • FeloniousMonk

    When I moved here from England, I soon learned I had to tip more, and more often. It was years before I learned why. Now I know to add 20% to the menu price, but it still pisses me off in the same way that things priced at $9.99 do*. Do tipping levels in those 7 states vary?

    *I’m sure the pricing of the ad-fewer subscriptions here at $x.99 is entirely hip and ironic. It’s no less irritating for that.

    • arrrghle

      Can’t speak for everyone, but I live on the border of Washington and Oregon (truly a dystopian hellscape, what with the legal pot and servers getting minimum wage plus tips) and I tip about 20%. Because even our minimum wage of 9-something isn’t exactly luxury pay, and servers work hard.

      But I agree, it’s a stupid system. Those x.99 things drive me nuts too.

  • Great coverage, but they’re leaving on principle, not on principal.

    • Foxbite

      They could be leaving via school administrator piggyback rides, you never know.

      • I’m from Florida. We’ve had a lot of arrests for that sort of thing. ;)

        • TorchBearer2

          Isn’t the school staffer usually on top?

          • It’s on a case-by-case basis.

          • TorchBearer2

            You know what you never hear of in the teacher cases? Power bottoms, that is discrimination of the highest form!

  • Ami

    I hope ALL the servers and busers leave the Five Fifty-Five. Let old Michelle do ALL the work herself.

  • Tobias B. Santa

    Oh sweet delicious schadenfreude.

  • Donna Schoenkopf

    i love this piece. i mean, i LOVE this piece.

  • Biff52

    A guy I know in California has a restaurant. He’s always opposed every minimum wage hike. He used to say that his servers would now make more than he does. His latest screed has his servers making more than school teachers, as if that will garner him more support or sympathy.

    • Lamashtar

      I have heard this from managers. But even they admit it requires maximum hours and decent tips. Sadly, decent tipping is not consistent, and neither is business. When business is slow, no tips, and no hours. The managers still work, and get their hours though.

    • Frank Underboob

      “He used to say that his servers would now make more than he does”
      Has he offered to give up his salary & work for tips himself? – I’m guessing not.

      • Biff52

        Yeah, no…

        • Frank Underboob

          I’m shocked. SHOCKED! To hear that! (not)

    • TorchBearer2

      Where is his restaurant? If it is in a blue region, it won’t, but if he is inland or in OC/SD that would probably drum up a tidal wave of support and sympathy. If there is one thing that the republicans here hate it is teachers having income.

      • Biff52

        It’s in the disputed region of the resorts in the San Bernardino Mountains. Berdoo is pretty red, but the resorts are more tolerant than the rest of the county

        • TorchBearer2

          Still pretty red, and since we are talking about money they are going to fall hard on the owner side.

  • Marika Rallis

    It’s weird though that both of my parents were working for tips in the restaurant industry when they bought their house 40 years ago. I have a college degree and cannot rent a single bedroom apartment in the same town on my own…

  • I AM R U

    It’s really interesting to get this opinion – there are plenty of vocal servers who claim they make much more with tips than they ever would with a fixed wage. And while that may be sometimes true, I think it’s a very good point that it’s too inconsistent and unreliable for modern life – while one week you might earn substantially more, the next week you could earn substantially less, and while that does even out overall, the fact remains that bills, rent and costs do not change weekly.

    • John Nace

      As one who waited tables for years, I think I may be able to help dispel what appears to be a slight misunderstanding on your part. There are plenty of vocal servers who claim—or, in my case, claimed—they make much more with tips than they ever would with the *current minimum wage.*

      Let’s face it, if a restaurant is going to pay its servers the tip-credit version of the minimum wage in the first place, should that exception ever disappear said restaurant is going to pay its servers the full version of the minimum wage. The owner isn’t suddenly going to respond to an unnerving visit the previous night from the Spirit of Sunday Lunch Shift Future by developing a sense of responsibility for treating his staff as though they were actual humans. Assuming we’re discussing the federal minimum wage, it’s a poor server indeed who cannot clear more than $7.25/hour on average, and frankly that server is going to self-select right out of the job in short order. Generally right around the time she realizes she’s actually paying for the privilege of delivering food to people who treat her like an indentured servant who had a bit of a tone when speaking to her betters.

      Now, if we’re talking about a $15/hour minimum wage then you’d be hard-pressed to find more than a relative handful of servers who make more than that regularly outside major metropolitan areas with thriving restaurant scenes. Any such server would necessarily be among the elite, and a hike in the minimum wage is highly unlikely to affect their income in the slightest since they’ve proven themselves to be a commodity worth paying for. In my last serving job, I regularly made $25/hour and up (depending on the season) in a mid-size city with a respectable, if lesser known, restaurant scene, but that was an exceptional position at a well-established local institution with a very strong menu, no lunch service, high prices, an exceptional wine list, and lots of fancy stuff that ensured a loyal, well-to-do clientele. In terms of server positions, I hit the damn Super Ball when I landed that job.

      It’s worth mentioning that I was a very strong server who worked diligently, took great pride in the job, showed meticulous attention to every detail, ran my tables like a fine-tuned machine, and had developed my very own loyal customers who asked specifically for me when making reservations, and even with all that being the case if literally every possible variable hadn’t lined up perfectly when it did then I would have had no shot at that job. For perspective, the job I held two restaurants prior to that one semi-regularly saw me leave weekday lunches having earned a solid finsky for five hours of conscientious work after tipping out. That’s right. I literally made $1/hour on those shifts, and don’t you know I was pleased as punch about it.

      This is an industry that promises the moon when it comes to potential wages and pays out about as often as the goddamn Lotto. Instituting a livable wage and eliminating the need to tip would result in better service, better restaurants (if we’re honest), and happier customers. We now have real world data to support that claim. I may not have been the sort to take out my plentiful frustrations about a $5 lunch shift on customers later that evening when I was working my third straight double in an attempt to keep the lights on in my tiny apartment, but allow me to assure you that I am very much the exception. Everyone benefits from paying people what their labor is actually worth.

      • I AM R U

        I’m not entirely sure what that cleared up for me.

        I mean, there are often people claiming to be serves who say if tips are eliminated, they would no longer earn MORE than $15/hour. In other words, instituting a livable minimum wage would make their lives worse. These ‘servers’ are often used to demonstrate that wait staff are making bank, and raising the wage is unnecessary. My comment was meant to highlight that this position is being contradicted by staff going public with how out of touch such a position is. I suppose you added some extra credibility to that position?

        • John Nace

          Ah, I see. I misread your original comment to mean that you had encountered servers who were saying they routinely made more than the current minimum wage. Based on my experience, I would be shocked if more than a handful of servers averaged more than $15/hour these days. So you’re correct that my story adds credibility to the idea that instituting a livable wage would be of tremendous benefit all around.

          My apologies for misunderstanding.

          • I AM R U

            No, that’s fine :) Yay for communication!

  • r_dale

    “In conclusion, dear Maine: raise the damn
    minimum wage, tie it to inflation, and get rid of the damned sub-minimum
    wage, the end.” And for God’s sake, get rid of that Archie Bunker clone, LePage! The man is an embarrassment to the human race.

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    Honestly, they should have quit the Scarface way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTOKJTRHMdw

    (p.s. Naughty NSFW language)

  • Joseph Miceli

    The Great Satan of the restaurant world is the National Restaurant Association…or “the other NRA” as I like to call them. Those no good rat fuck bastards lobby hard to keep the tip credit alive and well. Go to their website. It reads like it was written by your right wing asshole uncle who always ruins Thanksgiving by telling you how Hillary ate Vince Foster’s corpse at Benghazi.

    • Lee Hillhouse

      I am sorry but I have to steal your last line for the anti Hillary people I run into, fully crediting you, of course.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Well, I’m a Bernie Sanders supporter, but I’m not anti-Hillary so go right ahead!

        • Istenno

          oh you rare breed, i think i love you.

  • ongre11

    To make it clear, I would vote for The Wonkette for a political office… Maybe dog catcher or baby tender, but I would definitely vote for The Wonkette!

  • kris

    Never wanted to go to 555 and sure as hell won’t after this crap. When the minimum wage hike was on the ballot this past year there was no out for tipped employees – essentially EVERYONE would have gotten a raise. Restaurant owners in droves came out against it. It failed to pass as non peninsula living residents voted against it.

  • TF04

    On principLE.

    /that guy

  • sapereaudeprime

    Boycott the place.

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