When I was in high school, I had a summer job one year as a restaurant busboy.
It wasn't the worst job I've ever had but it probably ran a close second. Besides clearing tables and keeping water glasses and coffee cups filled, I made the coffee and cleaned the giant urns every day, humped boxes of food out of the stockroom and did a myriad of other thankless tasks at minimum wage, which was then $1.25 an hour.
Thankless. That's probably what I remember most. Busboy (bussers, I guess they're called now) ranked just above dishwasher in the restaurant pecking order. The waitresses (sorry, servers) never shared their tips, though some were quick to complain if a table wasn't cleared and reset fast enough.
So I'm torn about a piece of Ontario legislation proposed by New Democrat MPP Michael Prue banning the practice of "tipping out," requiring servers to turn over a percentage of their tips — and sometimes more — some of which can end up in their bosses' pockets.
It's the third time theRead More »from Ontario politician wants to ‘tip’ favour towards restaurant servers