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1. The total pay of servers fluctuates daily because they aren't subjected to the standard federal minimum wage of $7.25 but to the tipped minimum wage of $2.13. In some restaurants tipped workers end up making more than the cooks and the dishwashers in the back. This leads to disparities in pay because the people working in the back tend to be people of color while those working up front are white. Tipping can give customers abusive power over the workers. The most persuasive is that people aren't getting the standard federal minimum wage.
2. The other issues are important in tieing the whole article together. The trump administration tried to change regulations to allow restaurant owners to keep the tips rather than the workers. If there were no tips then this wouldn't happen. White servers are usually tipped more than people of color. They're paid $6.12 more per hour.
3. I don't think they portrayed the people who like to tip so well. They say that the average person tips 15-20% and if the restaurant gets rid of tips but increases the price of food to 15% more it would be the same thing. However, he says that people miss the feeling of control, freedom or generosity they have when tipping so they end up not going to a restaurant that doesn't allow tips. I think most people tip because they know that these waitresses are working hard all day and they can relate to them, whether it is from personal experience or not.
4. I knew the basics about the "true" cost of food but this article explained more about it. How much I tip depends on how much I like the server, but usually, I'll never give lower than $5 because I know that these people might be having a hard day. If I have time, I'll sit down to eat but if I don't the over the counter places are more convenient. My friends and I have regular places we go so we judge the restaurants based on our personal experiences and not how others review it.


This article really stands out to me because I also work in the restaurant business. I understand where the writer is coming from but I also disagree with some of the things stated in the blog. My first point is that I believe tipping workers is a good thing. Many people in the food/restaurant business make most of their money off of tips. I work in an Italian restaurant/pizza place and the delivery drivers would be broke if they did not receive tips. Most positions that receive tips make less money per hour on their wage than the others who do not receive tips. However, at the end of the day the delivery driver could end up with more money than a cook or server. I have done deliveries, served people, cooked food and cleaned tables and in my opinion the easiest job to do was the deliveries and that was the only position I received tips from. I do agree with the statement the writer made about the racial disparities and the differences in their wage. Where I work, the workers are mainly hispanic and older than me. I also know that these workers get paid little to nothing over minimum wage. According to studies, overall white people earn $6.12 more per hour than workers of color. I believe that the removing of voluntary tipping would end up hurting the companies. If people did not receive tips, they would request more money from the business they are working for. If they did not receive these tips and the company ends up charging more for food, they will basically end up breaking even because the extra money that customers are paying for food will basically end up in the paycheck of the other workers who used to get tipped. With myself recently working in the food business, it has changed my outlook on my habits of eating out. I often wonder what procedures are used to make this food, how the workers are treated etc.. After recently seeing how the restaurant I work at conducts their procedures it makes me wonder whether the restaurants I dine at follow the same procedures. Also this job has changed my outlook forever and I will always tip workers good. Even some jobs that do not normally receive tips because I know that they are all working hard and not receiving the pay they deserve.


In the blog post, “Here’s a tip: Spencer Robins on wages and conditions for restaurant workers,” wages and working conditions are discussed. I relate to this article because I work at a hair salon and rely on tips. People who work for tips depend on them. I think tipped workers should be paid more hourly because some customers decide not to tip and tips are not promised every day that your working. Some days may be good for tips while others you can make none at all. People do not want to work for nothing and usually tipped workers do a lot of work. I believe tipped workers deserve a raise in their salary because of how much work they actually do in satisfying the customers. If they took away tips and raised the minimum wage, I think it would be better because workers would make a steady amount of money each week rather than not knowing what they will have. There’s a study shown that when a restaurant took away tipping, they lost customers. Customers like to tip because its a way of thanking someone for their service and the workers deserve their tip. I believe customers should tip workers the right amount because they know that these people don’t get paid much or minimum wage should be increased.


The article " Here’s a tip: Spencer Robins on wages and conditions for restaurant workers" is interesting because it is talking about minimum wage, healthcare, and educating the customer about the food they are eating and what they (the customer) are paying for. This topic in general is controversial due to it being around money and people not wanting to pay more than what they need to. Talking about these topics has allowed the customer as well as the people to know why certain things are being done and why they (the people) should not fight as much as they should in regards to payment. Minimum wage in general is not where it should be and many businesses have found that "Cutting Tips Boost Worker Pay" (Robins). Businesses are cutting tips from the workers pay because it has caused the workers to have a fluctuating worker pay where their income is based on how much money they are able to earn from tips. This means that workers would either be working on minimum wage where the pay is set or they would be working on tips where the pay would depend on the day and how much a person gets tipped that day. This means that workers may not get payed for the work they are doing. Businesses are cutting out tips and increasing the pay for items in order for workers to have healthcare. Doing that would mean the workers would potentially be getting the same pay in exchange for healthcare all the while not earning tips. The customers may not like having the increase in price because it takes away their freedom to tip however much they want in which could lead to the business losing customers. Losing customers would mean that the business is not making enough money and that certain ideas or people are going to be cut off or taken away in order to pay for what is needed. Telling the costumer or the people what they are paying for when they (the customer) are paying their bill allows the customer to know exactly where their money is going. Most customers believe that their money is going into the business that they just ate or bought from, but the money could actually be going to someplace else not related to the business.

Sheng Zhou

I believe the most non-persuasive is federal minimum wage. Since the federal minimum wage is $7.25, but instead to the federal “tipped minimum wage” of $2.13. The servers’ income is not stabilizing. They income connect with the tips. Usually, the front servers will get more tips. The back servers get less. Also, white servers always get more tips than other people. In a restaurant, tips represent customer’s power, so tips determine the servers’ income. Therefore, the most non-persuasive is federal minimum wage. Moreover, I believe that the related issues will rise the essay effectively, and these issues are important to understating the server’s income. First, Robins determines that in the restaurant, the minority group is in an unfair environment because they get less income and insurance. Also, they have a considerable risk of immigration policy and deceptive corporate practices. Then, the writer points out a third party is important for the worker’s rights. Most people of a minority group do not know what right they have, so the third party will point out their right and protect their right. Finally, Robins emphasize that political action and labor movements are the keys to solving an unfair environment. Works’ issues connect with their rights, and their right connect with labor movements. Therefore, these shows the related issues is important for the essay effective. Robins think the tips’ influence make the unfair environment, and he thinks that the unfair environment should be changing, so he supports stopping tips. I never consider about my tips will make an unfair environment. Usually, I get servers tips are around 10-15% because I think that the tips are a part of their income. They give the servers, and I pay to them. However, I read the essay, and I learn the relationship between the worker’s income and tips. I understand they are in an unfair environment. These will influence my opinion about the tips.

Kevin H.

Robin mentions many reasons for eliminating voluntary tipping of servers. This is an attempt to make better pay and working conditions for their employees. Some of these reasons include making the wages of servers stable instead of it fluctuating. This is because some customers decide not to tip at all, also there are times when the restaurant has a down day. With a combination of those two a employee can have a very low pay day. Robin brings in the idea that adding a surcharge to the customers bill instead of a tip will be more effective. This not only will stabilize the waiters paycheck, it will ensure that customers can not discriminate against the employees based on race and ability. As a customer and a employee my opinion is not swayed by the idea of adding a surcharge at the end of the customers meal. As an employee if the wages are concrete there is no possible way for you to make a larger amount by working harder, this will mean there will be weaker work ethic from workers. As a customer it would feel as though you had lost the freedom of deciding how much you want to give based on their service that day. Although it is a good idea, as mentioned in the article it deterred the customers from even entering the store.

Mary Nunez

I myself believe it’s better to be paid without tips rather then having a low minimum wage and receiving tips. My reason for this being so as the article mentions is that customers will give those who aren’t colored a better tip and it isn’t fair for the workers in the back who are putting a lot of work making the food, not being able to revive tips. Also customers might complain and try to argue out of paying for the tip is they have a bad expierence or didn’t like their waiter. If the prices go up and no tips are included then the workers won’t have to worry about their pay and stress out about it. Even though I myself think it’s better to just rise the prices rather then including tips, I can see why some places might want to include it. If waiters are based off tips then they are most likely to care about their job more and put more effort into the business and provide good customer service. If you give great service then people will most likely give you a great tip. I haven’t worked in a restaurant, but I do work retail and I can only imagine that if I could receive tips then I’d try twice as hard at my job in doing well so I can receive more money and I’m sure others would do the same because when it comes to money people will do just about anything.

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