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    Whats the minimum wage in the U.S.? Cause I think it's a lot higher in Canada, and still rising, which also contributes, but I think someone already said that

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    Yah, a lot of our tips get pooled to go to every employee, is that the same as the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GZA View Post
    Yah, a lot of our tips get pooled to go to every employee, is that the same as the US?
    I don't think servers pool their tips with each other, but servers are often expected to share a portion of their tips with the host/hostess and the bussers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    I don't think servers pool their tips with each other, but servers are often expected to share a portion of their tips with the host/hostess and the bussers.
    I've heard it depends on the restaurant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GZA View Post
    Whats the minimum wage in the U.S.? Cause I think it's a lot higher in Canada, and still rising, which also contributes, but I think someone already said that
    The federal minimum wage is $6.55 an hour, which is going up to $7.25 an hour next year. Many states set theirs higher than that, though. Waitstaff (along with farmers and some seasonal laborers) are excepted, though, so it usually something like $3.00, if you are in a tip system. Here is how it breaks down for waitstaff by state:

    U.S. Department of Labor - Employment Standards Administration (ESA) - Wage & Hour Divisions (WHD) - Minimum Wages for Tipped Employees
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    Also, Torontians and Vancouverites, depending on Asian influences in each area
    My BIL and step-sister are both in the restaurant industry in Toronto. BIL is a bartender in a sports bar and step-sis is a waitress in an expensive steakhouse and both have no trouble making 20% off the average person. But they are always bitching about the French-Canadians (and some Europeans who only leave a few coins). Haven't heard anything bad about Asians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    I never understood that. Is it because servers up there make at least minimum wage?
    I know of no bad Canadian tippers, but, yes, here servers do make at least minimum wage.
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    The tips often get pooled together for everyone, including the dish washers and everything. At least in my town!

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    Is it because, like the British, they consider tipping a reward for good service rather than a semi-formal obligation?

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