TIP OUT POLICY ???
Being a SERVER is a profession in my opinion. I am wondering if we are getting paid for our professionalism or not ??? In the USA most Server/Waiter positions are minimum wage plus TIPS with exclusion of some states that do not hold the owner of the business liable to pay the TIPped position a minimum wage but a certain amount below that. Every Restaurant or Hospitality establishment has its " OWN " tip out policy. If we follow the basic guidelines for tipping out our help so to speak, my opinion on this is that " WE " ( WE=SERVERS) should get the bigger pie when it is divided-right? Well it doesn't always fall in our lap depending on the venue you work at. Most common tip out is on average 30% of your Tip-10% to the Busser/Assistant server, 10% to your Food runner and 10% to the Bar. This is the most common and acceptable tip out chart anything else would be hurting our pockets. Believe it or not there are some Restaurants that require you to tip out close to 45% of your tips including the Management, which i believe is morally and ethically wrong-Why should i pay for my Bosses lack of providing financial compensation to his Managers. Yes they are the HEAD of the Restaurant but we are the GEARS that keeps it in motion and the ones that are working hard for that extra TIP and shouldn't have to suffer by giving half of it away and it is just that GRATUITY meaning that u gave the best service and only you know how you did it .
There were a few lawsuits on the East coast regarding this Management tip witholding and distribution and the Servers won the case-I don't know if we can mention the name of the Restaurants who were involved.?
There are many options in regards on this issue but My Perfect Tip out chart would be as follows:
Assistant server should get most of the tip out because they work closely with you in giving the great service to customers. 12% of entire Bill
Food Runner should get less than the Assistant server but more than the Bar because they handle most of your food. 10% of entire Bill
Bar should in my opinion be only tipped on a percentage of alcohol and beverage sales in other words-why pay for something that they didn't deliver. 8% of alcohol sales.
Some Restaurants tip out the Host/Hostess which is usually just a few bucks per shift depending on the experience .