In his May 8 column “People Working for Tips in Restaurants Could Use a Raise,” Brian O’Neill pointed out reasonably the need to raise the state’s minimum wage and repeal the tipped-employee exclusion for restaurant workers. He cites a current hourly wage of $2.83 before tips. In today’s political climate, any legislative action seems unlikely.
In the meantime, however, individuals concerned about the unfair compensation of restaurant staff might consider their tipping practice. For instance, would a 15 percent tip be really enough for a breakfast that costs often well below $10? One can do the math after asking for a coffee refill.