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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on Waitress fired for posting customer comment online

That's -some- of your Sunday crowd for you. Make your Server tithe for you. Anyone who has stuck it out enough knows the sort. Water off a duck's back--you just don't expend any extra effort since your gratuity will be the same regardless so long as the minimum is guaranteed.

In my experience, the AoG were the worst after the "man-hater girls' club".

Drunk rush was always a blast, save for the occasional aggro-drunk, or the overly amorous luv-muffins. Still, after a bit, even those weren't a problem. Easy to handle once you knew their particular buttons, or were skilled at ascertaining the most probable. Generally they thanked you in addition to tipping well.

On kids' night, tip extra. You are making your little PITAs somebody elses' problem for a bit--what do you pay a sitter? Remember, little Johnny and Jenny's tantrums affect the tips of everyone in earshot.

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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on Unlimited access to News Tribune now available

Been a good run. Thanks for the memories! I'd just rather buy the paper 3x weekly as I usually do at vendor price.

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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on Waitress fired for posting customer comment online

What I liked most about that particular occupation was the challenge it presented in order to be successful. Well, that and it was a sublimely empowering feeling that when I'd had enough of managers' shenanigans and took my skill to a different establishment, that my "regulars" followed me.

Seems their loyalty wasn't to the place or the menu. They knew they could trust me to give them the best no matter what or where. The server-regular relationship is one where loyalty is still a currency of value. That doesn't mean you skrimp on anyone--your customer base is (virtually) a guaranteed income as opposed to a roll of the dice. Your goal is to eliminate the gamble on your take-home because where your income can fluctuate wildly, your mandatory bills don't.

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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on Waitress fired for posting customer comment online

Oh contraire. Having been in the trenches throughout high-school and and a long stint through college, not only do I speak fluent "Servers' cant", I also know how to /not/ be a burden.

Among the more experienced, we recognize our own. Among the inexperienced, us "retirees" from the Trade drop invaluable pearls of wisdom. There's a total subculture you're missing.

Make no mistake that by no means can a server be successful without having developed some rather useful skills which cross-apply to many facets of the consumer society at large.

I was two years into my State job before I surpassed the earnings I made my last year as a server. Heh. I once took a 20-top of glum, depressed people that just came from a funeral and had them laughing and carrying-on in a jovial manner by the time their food was ready. I won't disclose the tip amount, suffice to say it made up for a month of Sundays.

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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on Our Opinion: Lawmakers, lobbyists and ‘the smell test’

Sure the problem lies in the office; the lobby, whatever it may be, has a carrot to offer which is unavailable to the rest of the voting population, the office holder has the option to take it, and you can't punish an ex-lawmaker at the polls. As for the smell test, it's not the issue of favors per-se, but influence in general; lawmakers are privy to confidential communications from appointees concerning specific items and issues typically brought to that high a level of governance by--you guessed it! A lobby. Those communications aren't exactly wiped from their memories when they leave office.

You can elect all of the "on the face integrity" you like. But once their in office, pfft, that can (and does) change without voters even knowing about it. As for appointees having to take a year-off, that too is insufficient. Many get jobs within the industry for which they'll be lobbying. They begin by lobbying in the department for which they used to work, on projects handled by staff, not themselves personally. Seen it happen firsthand. Not only does it stink to high heaven, it's ugly to boot.

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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on Waitress fired for posting customer comment online

No skill? You try multi-tasking with respect to ensuring the satisfaction of 20 or more different personalities in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with any myriad of hazards (safety, sanitation, etc.) and managing minute-by-minute change to the work environment as well as the disposition and abilities of production staff -all at once- regardless of the kind of day the customer or server is having.

If you call that no-skill, you are woefully lacking in perspective. Also, the wage you are listing is inconsistent since a slow day may only net a fraction of that amount, and that level of income only occurs during the hours of 6-9, 11-2, and 7:30-9:30 on a few days of the week.

Never been there, eh? That's okay. Your server understands that too. Waiting tables is an art, a science, and a skill.

As a side note; most servers don't care for the Sunday brunch crowd; higher volume, larger groups (usually calculated by the customers to be one below the threshold to trigger an automatic gratuity and separate checks to boot), lower return per table. If it weren't for the volume, it wouldn't be worth it.

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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on Waitress fired for posting customer comment online

That's absolutely correct. Used to be TIPS (which used to be given in advance--To Insure Proper Service) and gratuities upon a patron's visit were not taxed. It wasn't until the '80s that the taxation of such monies occurred in response to a congressman's visit to Vegas. However, by the same stroke, no changes were made with regard to the reduced wage requirement until recently. The standard of $2.13/hr remained despite multiple minimum wage increases for hourly employees.

Whether they make it or not, servers are taxed at a minimum of 8% of their total sales.

Now, when you consider that a bulk of a server's income is from gratuities, that engenders an interesting point for consideration; when I was a server, due to the wage dynamic, my #1 priority was my customer and the boss could go take a flying leap since I knew where most of my bread and butter came from.

A worser situation is where employers "pool" tips and distribute them evenly, and include bussers and sometimes cooks in that equation--people NOT required to claim tips, but receive them just the same. Also, this effectively causes friction ranks where one server excels at raking it in, another performs sub-par, and wait-staff can't do a danged thing about it except complain to management who could typically care less so long as there are no customer complaints.

Routinely, servers report & record 10-15% of their sales whether they make it or not which is an effective compromise when patrons are pinching their pennies and has nothing to do with the level of service delivered. Any above that goes right back into the economy whether through savings, purchases of goods or services, or paying-down existing debts.

Servers, better than about anyone out there, understand customer service as their #1 priority, which boosts the business and even serves to bolster advertising via the most persuasive & effective method; Word Of Mouth.

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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on City, others struggle to attract, retain IT personnel

Notwithstanding the notable lack of any significant social scene for the age bracket most likely to produce the most up-to-date, driven, to say nothing of gifted IT professionals. In this respect, the city needs to do exactly as you suggest--become more progressive and do a better job keeping with the times.

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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on Pilot program makes teacher evaluations more ‘developmental than judgmental’

DESE has been around for a long time. What it does is set the bar for minimum qualifications, performance and conduct standards. It ensures a uniform level of challenges and achievement expectations for students and educators alike. Unfortunately, among a demographic where students cannot be motivated despite an educator's best efforts that conform to the requirements, people often confuse failing parents and students with teacher ability.

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Paroquet 1 year, 5 months ago on Perspective: Dedicated to support pro-life legislation

I'm fine with no revenue going to pay for abortions, which is the current state of affairs. What Blaine is trying to accomplish is effectively holding a gun to the heads of women's health clinics to cut funding for everything else if they also provide abortions funded from other revenue streams. So, in his own way, he's kind of attempting to promote a higher percentage of families meeting the requisites for state assistance, you know, a larger population of those among the "welfare state" that you -will- pay for.

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