Awhile back I wrote this post about the practice of “tipping” for various services. In it, I expressed my very strong disagreement with the expected practice of tipping. Today, I felt compelled to write a new post on the topic. What I want to clearly say is this: when I wrote the previous post I was completely ignorant and I am sorry.
The recent national conversation on minimum wage has raised other discussions about tipped workers and how they make a living. I have never worked in a job where I received tips. When I wrote my original post, I honestly believed that tipped workers (waitresses, baristas, etc) received minimum wage and then also received their tips in addition to that pay. I was completely unaware that it is legal and standard practice in this country to pay tipped workers as little as $2.50 per hour with the rest of their “minimum wage” coming from tips. I find this to be atrocious.
To be clear, I still do not like the practice of tipping. Now more than ever, actually. I believe these workers should receive a base wage equal to minimum wage (or more) completely separate from any tips they may receive. Can you imagine trying to support a family (or even just pay the rent for a place for yourself) off of $2.50 and hour and the mercy of others? It’s beyond comprehension for me that we allow this in our country. Our country that is supposed to be the Land of Opportunity. It’s time we were all made aware of this. It’s time we all voiced just how despicable this practice truly is.
I’ll say it again: I was wrong and I am sorry.