critical reading for the rude

ron paul: no tax on tips

Waitpersons of the world unite.

September 27, 2007 - Posted by | geo/pol | , , , ,


  1. Am I alone in wishing that restaurants would just raise the price of food, pay more for a better quality of employee, and forget the whole tipping thing! I hated waiting tables and having my income determined by the mood of the customer, how the food tasted, and if the kitchen messed up an order! Pay them $10(?)/hour and I’ll pay $15 for the food instead of $10. Tips are for extra special services and jobs well done, not for what the business doesn’t want to pay them.

    Sorry, to the point of the bill, it’s basically getting away with income tax, which I’m generally for, but only for a certain group, making it (in essence) a progressive income tax, which I am not for… But I guess I shouldn’t bitch that someone else catches a break.

    Comment by Spencer | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. Well, who reports what they really earn in tips? Not that waitresses and waiters aren’t honest folk and all, but really!

    Comment by woody3 | October 3, 2007 | Reply

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  4. I live in Boulder, CO, which has a huge amount of nice places to dine, and I know a good amount of people in the industry. All of this about “oh how many people really report their tips?” thing really gets to me, mainly because a lot of these establishments pool tips, and get weekly tip checks with their cut of the tip pool. THIS IS REPORTED, THIS IS TAXED. Enough of the “who reports what they earn in tips” bullshit. I’m not saying it’s across the board by any means, but it does happen a lot more often then what everyone seems to assume.

    To respond to the comment by Spencer, what is the motivation for good service (aside from the love of making people happy I guess?) if it has no correlation to how hard a person works for you to make sure you are happy and well taken care of? Nuff said.

    Comment by Shaun | January 25, 2008 | Reply

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