I just fully realized what this whole "no tip-credit" deal in California means.
See here: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/complianc...
This is completely insane. In this piece, it says that waiter's wages are minimum of $10.55:
And that is the minimum amount REQUIRED to be paid to all servers??
So when I dine out in SF, it should be fine to tip closer to 10% than the 20% I have been?
But this applies anywhere in California really. Why are we, as diners, tipping 20% when our waiters are getting guaranteed high hourly wages?...
I thought the justification for tipping high was that waiters had to makeup their minimum wage, and then exceed it with tips to make good money. But in California, that's not true.
So have I just been a gullible fool in tipping 20% average in California??
Can anyone explain this further to me? What do you guys tip on average?