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Comments for: Workers file suit against Portland’s Eastland Park alleging ‘tip skimming’

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  • If the allegations are true, this is a disgraceful situation. Servers are only paid $3.75/hour by their employers in Maine, and the reason is that our system of tipping is supposed to compensate to make it a better-paid job. 

    (You may or may not agree with how tipping works in America, but waiting on the public is a difficult and oftentimes demanding job, and most servers deserve every penny they make. Try traveling to a country that doesn’t operate on tips and see what kind of service you get in the restaurants – I can assure you, it is generally nowhere near as good as the standards of service in most US restaurants.) Other employees such as bussers and backwaiters deserve a slice of the tips pie, but they are already making minimum wage and their jobs are usually not as demanding as the servers’. Management works on salary, and often get benefits as well – absolutely no reason they should be sharing in any tips at all. Shame on Eastland Park Hotel for stiffing its employees! If they are found guilty, I will never set foot in that hotel again!    

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