I learned something yesterday while reading a blog rant. I learned that many (most?) waitresses and waiters are paid around $3 an hour by the restaurant for which they work.
Three dollars an hour!
Well, I didn’t want to believe it just because I read it on someone’s blog. So this morning I researched the matter a bit.
And at the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ site I found this little gem:
|Tipped employees are those who customarily and regularly receive more than $30 a month in tips. The employer may consider tips as part of wages, but the employer must pay at least $2.13 an hour in direct wages.|
I had no idea!
Would you take a job with that kind of direct wages?
Especially if you had to rely on tippers like you to make up the difference?
So don’t be stingy!
Especially if you’re a Christian!
When you go into that eating joint that employs servers (aka waitresses and waiters), you are buying the food and hiring the serve staff.
Make sure that server earns a just wage while he’s working for you.
After writing all of the above, I came across the following:
|Christian Odyssey: Confessions of a waitress
Unfortunately, the â€œafter-churchâ€ Sunday lunch customers are some of the rudest and most demanding people I wait on.
But hereâ€™s a tip for youâ€”free of charge: If you go out to eat, remember to leave your server a 20 percent tip. If they made you laugh, smile, or gave exceptional service (even if things didnâ€™t go exactly as planned otherwise), leave them a little extra. Remember the things that are out of their control, and remember that they are still doing their best to serve you in spite of those things.
Jesusâ€™ example of servanthood couldnâ€™t be truer than in a restaurant. Yes, wait-staff are there to serve you. But by treating your wait-staff with dignity and empathy, youâ€™re showing them the respect they deserve. They have feelings, and they are simply trying to earn a livingâ€”sometimes two.
Your generosity and politeness is a service to them. Somehow I think if Jesus were a customer at a restaurant, heâ€™d be gracious, polite and generous.
“And, The labourer is worthy of his reward” (1 Timothy 5:18).
“Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven” (Colossians 4:1).