Like maybe as a high school credit or something?
I just feel so many people have no idea what it is like to handle people on a daily basis, or to live off tips or something.
I just thinkt he world would be a better place, and more people would be respectful of others for the rest of their lives... what about you?
Most Helpful Girl
Yes!!! I didn't really appreciate what those people do till I got a holiday job as a sales assistant for 2 months. I look at people in service totally different now. The hours are long, pay often bad and the people sometimes really do it just cause they have to and are struggling with money. My manager worked for minimum money to keep her family fed and taken care of. For that she worked really insane hours, had to be on her feet all day and seldom got to see her children.1
Most Helpful Guy
No, I don't. However, I do think that service in America (and in some other countries) is rather fucked up. The fact that waiters or bar ladies in the US have to live off tips is totally insane and wrong. The way to solve this is not to make everyone work in service based jobs once and make them empathetic but rather give the service staff decent working rights and working conditions. Unfortunately, in America (and in some other countries), people who work in service based jobs get treated like shit. This is particularly terrible since their job is already very tough and exhausting. One thing that should definitely be changed is that service staff get a decent minimum wage. If you come to Europe some time, you will see that tips are not considered mandatory here. In America, it's considered an insult not to give any tip. You're considered to be a stingy, egoistic prick if you just get up without giving any tip. That is because in America, waiters and bar maids need your tip. That's what they live off. Obviously, this is screwed up. The original idea of tips is that they're something extra, on top of the normal salary, something they get for being particularly friendly or fast. In continental Europe, tipping is considered optional and the amount you tip can depend on how much money you generally own/make. For example I'm a poor Uni student, so I usually give around 5% of what I consumed. If the service was exceptionally good, I raise my tip to 10%. This only works because service employees in Europe still get a decent salary at the end of the month. You don't get rich with this job but it's enough to make ends meet (in America, as far as I know, this is not really the case). For example my brother worked as a waiter and barkeeper for several years and he earned about the equivalent of a secretary. Along with the 400-500 bucks of tip he got per month, that was enough for him to live without any worries. But there are also other things that should be changed, for example service employees shouldn't have to work such long hours. Society shouldn't look down on service employees as it is the case in the US, society should treat them really well and show them appreciation for the tough job they're doing (especially since Americans take their waiters' friendliness and obligingness for granted. Most Americans aren't even aware of the fact that they probably have the nicest waiters in the world. Waiters in Europe are often rude, pushy or let you wait for eternities)1