Making $2.13 an Hour and the Boss Skims Tips? How We Can Fight Exploitation in Restaurants

Two weeks ago, a story about a wealthy California business executive leaving a 1 percent tip on a $133 lunch bill went viral on the Internet. Supposedly, the banker wrote “Get a real job” on the receipt as a smarmy reinforcement of his own status as a member of the 1 percent and as a put-down of the Occupy movement.

The restaurant in question quickly provided evidence that the damning receipt was Photoshopped. But it spread like wildfire because a rich businessman treating a waiter like garbage sounded true to many people. In recent months, the poor treatment of restaurant labor has received increased media attention. People inundate comment sections on blog posts and news stories about restaurants, sharing their own horror stories.

More @ alternet.org/food/154565/making_%242.13_an_hour_and_the_boss_skims_tips_how_we_can_fight_exploitation_in_restaurants/

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