I think many of us have been there:Tired at the end of a long day of work, don’t feel like cooking anything in an already too-hot kitchen on a summer day, wanting just to sit and chill, time to go out for dinner! If you are among the crowd who can afford to eat at restaurants once a week or so, you might not even think about how long a day it has been for your server. Especially if you have had a long day yourself. Do you spend all day on your feet? Watching over the needs of multiple people at a time? Being polite and hospitable even to people who might be rude or dismissive? Trying to patiently listen to folks who are absorbed in their Smartphone, while they tell you what they want you to bring them, ‘quickly, we don’t have much time, got to catch a movie, and it had better not be too hot or too spicy or too cold…’ Even if you are out to eat after a long day, the men and women who serve you are still smack dab in the middle of their long day. Even if your boss yelled at you at work, do you want to perpetuate that frustration by yelling at your server? The fact that you can afford to eat at a restaurant already means you make more money than the people who are waiting on you. Do you see anything wrong with this picture? How do you plan on making it right? How do you send gratitude back into the universe? Until everyone is treated like a human being?
We're headed to the capital for a press conference on raising the tipped wage, and it's going to take some work. But in the meantime, can we remember to treat each other like we're worth more than $3 or $4 an hour?