Ever since I was of legal age to work, I have been a server at a restaurant. Day by day, I smile through customer complaints and am sometimes treated disrespectfully because I serve food. Everyday life gets more expensive, but server wages stay the same.
For the past 10 years, I have worked in numerous restaurants and bars for $2.13 an hour. Most customers think that because we are tipped, we make good money. Well, let me speak for all servers in Utah â€” we deserve better.
A study released in February 2012 by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and several national womenâ€™s organizations, states that servers experience three times the poverty rate of the American workforce and use food stamps at almost twice the rate of the general population.
There is a huge disagreement among economists, business leaders and labor activists regarding whether the tipped wage should be higher and whether tipped employees should receive a different wage than non-tipped workers. I believe Utah should increase the tipped wage, but in the meantime, Utahns should tip better.