Honoring service I
Some restaurants in the area are thanking veterans by providing free meals on Veterans Day with proof of service. This is a very nice gesture, which I took advantage of last year. One thing that I found disturbing was that many of us veterans were not leaving tips for the wait staff.
Yes, the corporation that owned the establishment was providing our meals for free, but I don’t think my fellow veterans realize that restaurant servers are not covered under the usual minimum-wage requirements. These employees, quite often single mothers trying to raise families, are usually compensated with wages of less than $3 an hour. It’s primarily the customers’ tips that pay their bills and feed their children.
Brothers and sisters, this isn’t a chow hall and the servers aren’t doing KP. I urge you, show a little class — tip, and tip generously if you can afford to. There is no excuse for being cheap — what the heck, you just received a free meal.
Give the wait staff one more reason to be appreciative of you.
Clifford J. Warner