Pursuing Positive Change: Server’s Experience Sparks Wage Discussion


A young waitress named Taylar Cordova recently shared a disappointing experience online after receiving a $0 tip on a large bill. Her post aimed to highlight the realities that service staff face under the subminimum wage system.

In the social media post, Cordova expressed frustration over the lack of gratuity after serving a table with a bill over $180. As is common practice, her hourly wages do not match federal minimum wage, instead relying on tips to compensate.

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. This is food for the week that our families will go without because you didn’t think it was necessary, even after asking for everything under the sun and receiving it free of charge, mind you. This is one less basic necessity my daughter needs because even TWO more dollars is too much for you.

Every decision has a consequence. Servers are paid a base pay of $2-5/hr depending on the employer, so next time you don’t want to tip, regardless of the situation prior to receiving your bill, think about how much you would have to work that week off $2-5/hr to feed your family, not just you. Could you pay your bills based on that pay alone? Could you feed your family AND yourself? Because that’s what happens when you choose to not tip.

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