Whenever I last managed a restaurant, it was an average per pay period. Being that all of our shifts had regular busy times and downtimes, the servers were encouraged to do their “side work,” during the downtimes. That said, if it was a known time that was always “dead,” and the servers were being required to work (yet without opportunities for tips), they were permitted to clock-in as the lowest paid wage (which the restaurant I worked at, everyone was above minimum wage other than servers and delivery drivers). There were “seasons,” where the servers’ wages, with tips, averaged to be less than minimum wage (very rare). During those times, they were compensated at an increased hourly rate (restaurant minimum wage as opposed to server minimum wage). Although, I’m no longer in the restaurant industry, I can say at a well established restaurant it’s not unheard of to average $65-$110/hour (with tips, of course). Not sure how the bartenders as Applebee’s fair, but at privately owned restaurants, many bartenders will average $150/hour. Lots of unreported money that moves around in the restaurant industry.
My mother has been a waitress for about 50 years now. Growing up, it was restaurants that offered “lunch shifts,” that put my mom home with us children before school, and home with us children after school. While the shifts/scheduling may look unappealing to some, it works really well for others. 💁♀️ Restaurant employment essentially allowed my mom to be both a working and a stay at home mom.
I can’t imagine someone being upset at someone who performs well at his or her job, and therefore earns an above average living as a result.
Good on your daughter! I’m sure you and your wife are proud of her work ethic. Brings the old saying to mind, “hard work pays off!”
Yeah, this is pretty standard as far as I know!
Totally read through this whole thread…cannot see/comprehend what you’re getting at, man. And, if anything, you should be able to figure out why he may (as he never really made a statement one way or the other) hold servers in a high regard — his daughter is a server, and a good one based on the things he has shared.
Why should good employees not be held in high regard?? No matter the industry.