Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Canadian servers have it best
Servers are whiners. It's true, we complain when we don't get tipped, when it's too hot, that our wage is too low...etc.
But in the grand scheme of servers in various other parts of the world, Canadian servers have it pretty darned good.
We model our tipping expectations against the US. Our generous neighbour to the south whose service staff get paid an average of $3/hr. After taxes there are a large number of servers in the States that receive a paycheque that totals less than $10. They truly survive on the generosity of their guests, and I for one feel that this makes them appreciate their customers more sincerely than we Canadian counterparts.
Travel a little farther abroad to somewhere like Australia and you find that servers get a more standard wage and the concept of tipping is basically discarded. An Aussie server can expect to bring home a wage of $16-17 flat.
In destinations around Europe things vary, but it is more consistent to find truly professional service staff making professional wages than to find poorly paid servers clamboring for tips. This is why people with European accents are so scary for Canadian servers.
Back at home, we find that yes, servers are paid below minimum wage but, 'alcohol and beverage server' minimum is currently pushing $9. If you consider that we are actually taking home a moderately sized paycheque more like the Australians, yet still raking in a high tip percentage like the Americans, well you can see how we are a little spoiled. Not that I am complaining ;)