UnderCover Waitress: She's Got My Vote

Sunday, May 1, 2011

She's Got My Vote

Except for the fact that I am not Canadian, that is.

Premier Christy Clark spent a morning waiting tables and slinging coffee in an attempt to get in touch with every day British Columbians.

Clark does not want to stop with waiting tables. She wants to "walk in other people's shoes" in a variety of  jobs, including hospital work and stocking shelves.  I love the fact that a public representative, used to being in a position of power, is willing to take the service jobs that her constituents perform. It says a lot about why she is in politics -- not for the power, but for the opportunity to, well, to serve.

Of course, Canadian waitresses make minimum wage and do not rely on generous tips to pay bills. I believe Canadians do leave small tips, such as a dollar, but the waitress makes full minimum wage. In B.C., that wage has just gone up to a whopping $8.75, so hopefully diners are still leaving some sort of monetary "thank you."

Article in the The Province:
Cassidy Oliver on Clark


  1. I think it actually depends on the province. Some don't actually make minimum wage. We have a "serving wage" which can be anywhere from $2-$4 less than minimum. Given that minimum wage has gone up a few times in the last couple years, I think serving wage in Ontario is around $6 an hour. And our cost of living is slightly higher, so yes, they do require tips as minimum wage for non-serving jobs is calculated at $10.25. We are still expected to tip between 15-20% as well.

    I've lived in Ontario and Ohio in my life and, though I now live in Ontario, frequently visit family in the States. Costs for everyday goods (groceries, housewares, etc) are still noticeably lower in the States, hence our higher wages and the need to still tip.

  2. Stream27, thank you for the clarification. I didn't know that there was a serving wage in Canada.

    Here in the Eastern side of the States, we tend to dread it when Canadians go on vacation because they come down here and tip poorly. Oh, well.

  3. Lol. I apologize on behalf of all of us. Some of it might be simply because they're on vacation. My friend serves at an Applebee's/Chili's type of place here in town (we get a lot of tourists) and says generally, tourists tip worse than people from the area. We're starting to think it's because people spend so much on the trip, they don't plan for incidentals. This is pretty much across the board: Americans, Canadians from other provinces, European visitors.... It might just be a tourist problem.

  4. Good point -- American locals tip better than American tourists at our spot, in general. The locals have to see you again, lol.

    Europeans often tip the worst in my experience. I do think it is because they do not tip at home. I embarrassed myself in Europe a long time ago trying to tip; thought I gave the waiter an anuerism (sp?) or something... Some Europeans tip in America, but 15% at the most, others either pretend or really don't understand our strange American tipping practices.

    Sorry to lump people into groups, it's not very fair of me. I am just speaking of my own anecdotal experience; would love to have some generous Europeans come in and prove me wrong; I'll gladly eat my words.


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