Wage hike for servers hurts everyone involved
I’ve been in the service industry for 30 years. This new drastic minimum wage increase for servers is ridiculous! When I started serving in 1986, minimum wage was $2.35 an hour; before the new increase it was $5. What took 30 years to double, doubled overnight to $7.50.
I talked to a restaurant owner from Ithaca. She said this drastic increase will cost her an extra $50,000. I figure this will be the same for the place that I work. This is not fair to the little family-owned restaurants, or our customers. The wage increase is going to be passed down to the customers. Prices will and have increased. My work hours have decreased.
A lot of family-owned restaurant owners are scrambling, trying to figure out how they are going to pay this huge increase. The changes that I have seen so far are not good for anyone – my employer or my customers.
When I was getting paid $5 an hour, if I didn’t make at least the state minimum wage my employer would have to make up the difference. I always made more than minimum wage. So why break something that isn’t broken?
Whoever thought this was a good idea had no idea what effect this would have. It was not well-thought-out. The average profit margin for a restaurant is 3.5 percent. For some places, that will be eaten up in this new wage increase. What a shame.