She waits tables at a restaurant. She works hard. Her coworkers love her.
Her car is falling apart. She’s barely making ends meet. People who work in food service don’t make much money. The federal minimum wage for people who get paid with tips is just over $2 an hour. Chelsea does everything she can to give her customers the best possible service, but she’s not getting ahead.
She gives back.
Like so many people, Chelsea doesn’t have much money to give, but she does offer her time to people. An eating disorder survivor, she volunteers as a yoga teacher for people who are walking that same path.
It’s about time she gets a break.
The fun folks at Break are “pranking it forward,” giving her the best shift ever. She’s getting a new car, a Hawaii vacation, a $1,000 tip,
Oh, and she tries to share that tip with her coworkers because she’s really that kind of person.
It’s time for the rest of us to support servers.
Why does a great person like Chelsea, who is generous with her coworkers, volunteers her time, and has overcome personal challenges, have to depend on her customers who might be forgetful, bad at math, or having a bad day
for her living? Every server has a story about getting stiffed by a table that ran them ragged and then left a tiny tip or nothing at all.
For each crazy wonderful tip story, there are a thousand bums. The fact is, most servers in this country are struggling. It’s time we give back to them.
So what can you do?
Tip well, yes, but more importantly,
support raising the minimum wage for servers. It’s been the same since 1991.
Speak up when you eat out. When the manager comes to your table after the meal, tell them:
“The meal was great, but I would love to see your workers be paid well and get the kinds of workplace protections, like paid sick days, that would make their lives livable.”
And, of course,
don’t be a bum. Tip as well as you can.