Oh I see- that is truly awful- I don't understand the point of having a legal minimum wage if you can then pay less. Surely thats just illegal?In most states within the US, restaurant owners are allowed to pay their servers a fraction of the legal minimum wage, and servers are expected to supplement that wage with tips to build it up to a living wage. For example, one of my friends applied to a restaurant a few years ago. She was offered $2.50 an hour. That's $20 for a full eight hours of work - about 12 pounds sterling, if my exchange rate is correct.People always say that waitresses live of their tips- really? I would imagine they live of their wage.
Assuming a server at this restaurant works full time, five days a week for a month, her employer has paid her $120 - about 72 pounds sterling. That wouldn't even begin to cover rent, much less food and other expenses. It's a tough situation for servers, but it's completely legal. Fortunately, some states have raised the legal pay for servers, allowing them to make minimum wage or even a little better, so they aren't quite so desperate for tips.