There has been a growing movement to make $15 the minimum wage for all employees in any job. Currently the wait staff in restaurants can be paid much less than the federally mandated minimum wage because they supposedly make it up in tips. That is in addition to working conditions that are far worse than in many other professions and lacking many benefits that other people take for granted.
Stuart Varney is an extreme right-wing host on one of the Fox TV channels and he speculates that if the minimum wage is raised for wait staff, he might be inclined to not tip them at all or tip them less than the standard 15-20%.
While discussing new minimum wage laws, Varney accused the policies of strangling the economy and proposed taking the conservative fiscal fight right to the laborers.
“If I walk into a restaurant and I know the waiter or waitress is making $15 an hour, way more than they used to make the previous year, I am going to say, ‘wait a minute am I going to give you 20%, 15% or whatever?’” questioned Varney, whose punditry on Fox Business Network has made him a multi-millionaire.
Yes you should, because they are still struggling to make a living while you are not.
It is quite disgusting to see very wealthy people resenting the idea that the lives of those less well-off might be improving slightly. Varney is likely not stupid even if he says stupid things. Surely he must realize that wait staff also watch TV and read the news and that some of them will recognize him when he goes to their restaurant and will know his views. Surely he must also realize that the people working in restaurants have ways of retaliating against obnoxious people.
But you should not be nice to wait staff merely because you fear retaliation. You should be nice to them because it is the right thing to do. They work long hours at a tiring job for low pay. The least you could do is not add to their load.