From the week of April 12, 2001

It is also not the fault of the industry or the customer that the server is working at a bar or eatery. That person can go and get a job elsewhere that pays higher wages. Yes, there are part-time jobs that are not in the food industry. So don't lay the lack of tuition fees or the need for money to feed the kids on the customer. You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.

Your motto, "Tip 20 percent or eat at Taco Bell," speaks volumes about your attitude as a server. If I would have been your employer and heard that, you would have been out the door faster than you could say, "Do you want fries with that?"

A tip is something that has to be earned, not expected or demanded. As for "having" to tip in this country, unless there is a new amendment to the Constitution saying that tipping is now mandatory, you're not in the same United States that I am.

Sonny Haynes

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