The food industry down under

After a spate of posts on tipping from Well Heeled, I’m extremely grateful for two things:

One, that we don’t generally tip. Our service staff get paid at least minimum wage, and good waitstaff can actually make pretty significant money. I mean, such good money that a well known anecdote is a journo grad saying “Why should I go into journalism when I make more waitressing at the restaurant?” Makes it easier for us all around, and there’s nothing stopping you tipping IF you want to. Imagine how fraught group dining situations could get…

Two, that tax is included in prices. That’s always puzzled me. How strange, to go around the supermarket, pick up your groceries, get your bill at the checkout and then have tax added on? And I mean, obviously a Dollar Menu item at McDs isn’t REALLY a dollar, is it? This would piss me off no end….

2 thoughts on “The food industry down under

  • Reply Carrie August 22, 2009 at 00:50

    LOL. Austrailia’s ways sound much less stressful! he he

  • Reply FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com August 30, 2009 at 02:04

    That DOES irritate me. Being in Europe, everything is included (taxes I mean) so I just paid the actual amount it said.

    Same with the tipping — everyone gets paid the right amount so no one needs to make up for their wages with tips or feel guilty for not giving more than 15%

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