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Viewpoint – Servers make below minimum wage, so tip accordingly

By Devin Simkins/reporter

Making $2.13 an hour is not an aspiring career for many people.  

A lot of servers at restaurants are students trying to pay their bills while in school.

Many have children and a family who depend on their income.

Tipping 15 to 20 percent is great. For those who do not like doing math, simply double the first number of the bill. If the tab was $30, tip $6.

Sections can be anywhere from three to six tables during a shift depending on the time or day. This does not give servers a huge opportunity to make money.

People rarely fill the tables in a section at the same time unless it is a Friday night, if even then. If they are all occupied at once, then customers should understand that they are not the server’s only table. Other tables also need their attention.

Another thing for customers to understand: Just because servers aren’t smiling every second does not mean they are upset. They could be very busy or maybe having a rough day.

Everyone has rough days. Please do not base a tip on a scale of how peppy they are.

Workers in the industry understand that everyone is tight on money because so are they. If you can’t afford to eat out and include a tip, either skip the appetizer to save room for the tip or grab cheap food from Taco Bell.

Some restaurants have a lot of televisions to allow their guests to come and watch their favorite sports teams while they eat. This is great, but if guests are taking up a table for three hours watching a football game, they should tip accordingly.

Sometimes people may run into friends while at restaurants and pay for their bill, but it is important to remember to tip the server based on both amounts together.

Servers struggle every day at work because they depend on their guests to make money. When they do not receive tips, they make that low pay.

Remember that the next time you eat at a restaurant.

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