Which is precisely the logic I stated.kmarcie wrote: ↑Jan 8th, 2019 5:51 pmI don't think you can be the judge of whether someone gets paid very well for their proficiency. Many professionals are overworked and have to go through much more schooling in order to get paid 'very well'. It's not society's responsibility to compensate for waiters/waitresses because their pay rightfully doesn't compare to the salary of someone who went through 10 years of school. I can argue that the skill knowledge level for a waiter or waitress is similar to the staff at the bank who helps me arrange my mortgage or loans, but you never think about tipping them. The way for a waiter or waitress to get ahead is to use the soft skills they learn in that job and transfer that to another job where they can make more money. If they decide to learn more (ie. familiarize about wine pairing etc) they may also have more opportunities at classier restaurants which will pay more.
I tip generally 10-15% but don't agree with that logic you have there.
"As a server, your wages rarely increase unless there's an increase in minimum wage, so the way to get ahead is to increase your skill level and increase your tips. This is the incentive to be a better server."
Don't fool yourself to think that the wages are higher in fine dining establishments. The pay becomes higher because the average cover is higher and 15% of the higher bill translates to higher earnings.
When I worked as a server, mostly in the 80's and early 90's, my wage was from $3.80/hour to $5.20/hour. A bank teller was typically in the $12-$15/hour range and someone handling your mortgage was paid higher than a teller.