Find me one waiter that makes 2.13 an hour.
Most are raking it in good.
All of them?
That is the standard tipped minimum wage, and it doe snot go up with increases to the minimum wage.
At least it was when I was a waiter a while back at Semolina’s restaurant.
Furthermore, Semolina’s required their wait staff to stay on the clock between 2 and 5 pm, when the restaurant was closed, in order to portion pasta for the dinner crew.
They were paid 2.13 an hour to do this labor while they received not a single tip, because the restaurant was closed.
I distinctly remember working an Easter Sunday in our party room and had a large group of about 30. They stayed my entire shift, and they also ran up one helluva bill. Our servers had the option to add the gratuity, but I rarely exercised that option. I found that I made more if I never added it to the bill.
One person picked up the tab, and when I brought the ticket, I informed him that the gratuity was NOT on the ticket. He got great service, and nothing was wrong with the food. I got $0 on the tip. So, therefore, I not only did not make $2.13 an hour, I made less than that b/c I was taxed on the ticket.
I always knew when I screwed up, and never expected anything if had done so. However, this guy's cheap ass ran me to death, took up my entire section during my shift, and made me lose money because of it.