Currently in California
, the minimum wage is $8.00/hr. In addition to paying that, the employer must pay into UII, Workers Comp., Social Security
, and often into the health
plan -- Possibly provide uniforms, training, educational benefits, and 6 months of paid leave if they or their spouse becomes pregnant.
Next time you go into a restaurant and think that $10 is too much for a hamburger ... (obviously I didn't include the overhead associated with the physical location - rent, insurance
, upkeep, bookkeeping and so on) ... Frankly, I don't know how small business owners do it. I sure wouldn't want to.
My point is, business owners pay as little to their employees as they can: too low, no one will work there, too high and you don't make a living. So TIPs (originally paid BEFORE service
- To Insure (sic) Promptness) are a perk that enables an employer to entice people to work at a particular place. The employee, by virtue of their attitude, service
provided, and quickness, can, in effect, alter what they make (on a per hour basis). But, tipping, is, and always HAD been optional - as noted above, often times establishments add a set tip (by percentage) to the bill.
$0.02 rolling on the table ... NOT A TIP!