Steve: Sheesh. And you keep claiming you're not a liberal.
It is an absolute fact that the minimum wage for American waiters and waitresses is low. The high standards Americans have for restaurant service require waiters to perform well — and if they don’t, they won’t work at a successful, money-making restaurant for very long. Like most people, I regret that I — not restaurant owners — must pay employee raises to insure that good workers stay in their business and that I keep getting good service.
But that’s how it is. That's why the standard used to be 10% and now it has been bumped to 15-20%. We the public are paying the necessary raises to insure good service and its continued association with American restaurants.