From sore feet to ridiculously-stained clothing, being a server can put anyone under an entire world of stress. Despite the everyday struggles of restaurant employees, business is definitely booming. Restaurant industry sales are set to surpass $799 billion by the end of 2017, meaning the demand for workers is continuing to grow. There are over 14.7 million restaurant workers employed in the U.S., equating to 10% of the total American workforce. As long as Americans are looking to enjoy a dinner out on the town, servers will be needed to wait on them.
Working In The Food Service Industry Isn't So Glamorous
Although the restaurant business is a multi-billion dollar industry, those actually doing the dirty work aren't cashing in big bucks. Although getting money thrown at you in tips all day sounds luxurious, most waitstaff makes far below minimum wage on their paychecks. Receiving tips is quite the double-edged sword, especially since it is not a requirement when dining. Many are led to believe that leaving 20% of the total bill is simply standard, but statistics prove otherwise — oftentimes leaving servers down on their luck.
Most decent human beings never leave a restaurant without leaving their server some kind of tip, but it turns out that many people don't feel bad leaving barely anything to nothing at all. Data collected from across the country in 2014 revealed that consumers in some states — such as Alabama, Colorado, and West Virginia — only left an average of a 15-16.3% tip. Consumers in Hawaii and New York plummeted even lower, with a tipping rate falling between 10.6 and 11.3 percent. Yikes.
Working at a major chain restaurant can make landing a decent tip even harder for waitstaff. Joe's Crab Shack even tried implementing a no-tipping policy in 2015, but it didn't take long for that to be overturned. Both customers and servers disliked the policy, and it just was a trainwreck in the name of good service. Some waitstaff experience this type of treatment even without this absurd policy in place, and a waitress at the popular chain PF Chang's had a particularly disheartening experience.
This Young Woman Was Appalled By One Particular Customer
Taylar Cordova is a waitress at the popular Chinese restaurant, and alike all servers she's had her fair share of upsets in the workplace. We all know servers practically rely on tips to get by, and Cordova is no exception. Waiting on a particularly needy table, Cordova was shocked to find what they had left on their check.
The Table Left Her Absolutely Nothing On A Large Check
Almost $200 later and Cordova catering to their every need, the table left her a $0 tip. It was a total slap in the face, and Cordova was obviously distraught over the table's lack of appreciation for her service. The young woman took to Facebook to express her opinion on this ungrateful diners, and it struck a chord for many across the Internet.
Cordova left nothing unsaid in her post about the table's lack of tip, and it has since been shared thousands of times, and it also made its way to Twitter. "You, are the lowest of the low. Whenever you feel like it's probably fine to not tip your server, that's one more bill stacking up because they're short on money," Cordova wrote. The young woman also went on to explain that receiving no tip not only affects her but others that depend on her as well.
"This. This is the reason I work so much. This is why I cry in the shower. I STRUGGLE to put clothes on my daughter's back and food in our bellies because of THIS," she stated. She goes on to explain that servers are paid a base pay usually between $2 to $5 per hour, which is not a living wage by any stretch of the imagination. "Could you pay your bills based on that pay alone?"
"This is one less basic necessity my daughter needs because even TWO more dollars is too much for you," Cordova claims. Servers are too often not taken care of by patrons, and even a few dollars goes a long way. Cordova also brings up the point that if you can't tip, maybe you shouldn't be eating out in the first place.
Cordova Claims That Tipping Shouldn't Even Be A Question
"A 10% tip is a big enough slap in the face, this completely tore me apart. Don't even bother walking into a restaurant if you can't afford to tip. There's a McDonald's down the street if you're that cheap," she stated. The young woman also shared another less-than-acceptable tip she received that made her blood boil.
Cordova received a 20 cent tip on a bill over $60.00. "Please, please tip your servers. Even if it was the worst service you've ever received," she urged. Despite her plea for even the nominal tip, the internet was divided over the issue. Not everyone was in support of tipping no matter what.
It's pretty much common knowledge that waitstaff relies on tips to make money, but one Twitter user claims it's not the customer's fault. "Oh you don't like it? Work somewhere else that pays more than $2," they stated. Many on Twitter found this person's outlook pretty harsh.
"Hospitality based jobs will always and forever be a key component in the world we live in," they stated. They definitely have a point, if every server were to quit their job and choose a different work path, how would your favorite restaurant even operate? Everyone deserves a decent pay for the work they put in.
Although servers do have the option of choosing a different career, everyone deserves to earn a living wage. Just because someone decides to be a server, doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to support their family by working 40 hours a week. Tipping has become an integral part of the dining experience.
Although there is some gray area, tipping is common courtesy. If you hate your food or the service was a tad bit slow, don't take it all out on the waitstaff. Working at a restaurant is super stressful, and the least we can do is give credit where credit is due — in the form of a decent tip.