I’ve never worked at a restaurant, but I know some people that have worked at one… I’ve also eaten at a lot of restaurants. What can I say? I like food. And this experience gives me the right to ask, “why don’t restaurants pay its employees a decent wage?”
The federal minimum wage for tipped workers, such as servers, is $2.13 per hour, and has been so since 1991. This is pure insanity. How can somebody make ends meet making $2.13 an hour?
I understand that tips could make up for the low wages, but not every server makes money from tips. If you are a server and are scheduled to work during the slow hours, you are out of luck.
Because of this, servers experience almost three times the poverty rate of the workforce as a whole. Servers also rely on food stamps at nearly double the rate as the general population.