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To: George14
Tip pooling is despicable.

As for tips themselves, the good waiters prefer the current non-pooling system because they make far more than they would with a minimum wage.

But restaurants that pool tips and give a cut to the salaried manager are evil, and there needs to be a law passed prohibiting that.

Also, FYI, if you don't tip at least 12.5%, you are seriously screwing the waiter, because the IRS taxes him/her based on them receiving a 12.5% tip per meal. Therefore, if you skip out on the tip, the waiter not only loses out on needed income, but is paying tax on it.

For those who despise all tipping...go to a restaurant in Europe sometime. You'll quickly see the genius of our system.

19 posted on 12/06/2005 12:43:17 PM PST by dollar_dog
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To: dollar_dog

Tip pooling is despicable

Your right, it unjustly lets employees who don't work as hard or properly do their jobs, benefit on an equal basis.
I usually tip a little less in these cases.


47 posted on 12/06/2005 12:54:52 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: dollar_dog
Also, FYI, if you don't tip at least 12.5%, you are seriously screwing the waiter, because the IRS taxes him/her based on them receiving a 12.5% tip per meal.

I'm sorry, but if I tip the waiter less than 12/5%, then he's screwed himself. I've always considered myself a generous tipper... 15-20% for adequate service, more if it was better than adequate... but service seems to decrease in quality all the time.

I don't expect anyone to bow down and KMA, but courteous and prompt service provided by a person who seems to care about the job he's doing... it's becoming more rare.

When I do get a good waiter/waitress, they can count on being rewarded. It is grossly unfair that a good waiter should have to share his tip with someone who wouldn't rate a tip at all from me.

70 posted on 12/06/2005 1:06:40 PM PST by TontoKowalski
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To: dollar_dog
Tip pooling is despicable.

Actually I have seen it work quite well. The hot barmaid walks around keeping everybody's spirits up and the homely barmaid is busy serving drinks and picking up empties.

The hot barmaid gets all the tips but doesn't do any work. The homely barmaid does all the work but doesn't get any tips. They need each other to perform well to maximize their tips, so they split the take at the end of the night.

135 posted on 12/06/2005 1:39:07 PM PST by oldbrowser (The U.S. Senate is a quagmire.)
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To: dollar_dog
FYI, the restaurant owner is screwing both the waiter and you. He charges premium prices for prepared food, then uses the custom to have his customers pay a share, usually a large share, of the waiter's wage, pocketing the amounts he doesn't have to pay of a wage other businesses pay. Tip pooling is just a mere extension of this despicable practice.

How do I know this? I have developed software for restaurants.

249 posted on 01/03/2006 12:51:35 PM PST by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: dollar_dog
But restaurants that pool tips and give a cut to the salaried manager are evil, and there needs to be a law passed prohibiting that.

I never worked for a restaurant that did that! However, in every one I worked, they did take a percentage of tips that we made, pooled them, and gave it to both the busboys and bar tenders.

If any of it would have gone to the managers, all hell would have broken loose.

Mark

307 posted on 02/06/2006 1:26:09 PM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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