Waitstaff Day Celebrate On May 21, 2014

Waitstaff Day

A day for restaurant managers and patrons to recognize and to express their appreciation for the many fine and dedicated.

Waitstaff Day
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Waitstaff Day

National Waitstaff Day is celebrated each year on May 21. This day was created as a day to show appreciation to and thank all waitstaff for the work that they do in making our dining experiences enjoyable ones. It is also a day for restaurant owners and managers to recognize and express their appreciation to the dedicated waiters/waitresses.

Do you have any idea how little the person bringing you your breakfast or your medium well burger is paid per hour? The federal minimum hourly wage for tipped employees is $2.13, according to theU.S. Department of Labor. Some states set the minimum higher and some states "set subminimum rates for minors and/or students or exempt them from coverage." Other states, including Alaska, California and Nevada don't have a separate minimum wage for tipped and non-tipped employees.
When you eat out, tipping is not an option, it's part of the waitstaff's take home pay. So how much should you tip the waitstaff? Between 13 percent and 20 percent, with 13 being on the minimum end. If you're unsure and like to leave the average, multiply the tax by three. Try to base your tip on the service. If you have an issue with the food take it up with the manager.


Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of National Waitstaff Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.


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