Something else I don't understand about the US. I see mention of waiters getting below minimum wage and being dependent on tips to survive. Surely a minimum is a minimum and anyone paying below that would be subject to legal sanction - It certainly works that way over here.
Here in "La Belle Provance", there are 2 minimum wages.
Earners with tips, and earners without tips.
I am not sure about the Feds, but "our" Provincial government even has the balls to declare that "Since you get tips, we presume you make xx.x % more than you declare on your tax form, so we'll just adjust your income accordingly"
That means that your average waiter now EXPECTS a certain level of tip, just so he can pay his/her tax bill.
The way I figure it, as long as the gov. has it's hand in you pocket, just add it in as a billable service charge, and abolish tips altogether. Much more fair all around.
Like hell I want the overlords to be (in effect) telling me what extra I should be paying for a night out with the wife......