The server complains that after a 5-hour shift, he only makes a $20 tip

One server went viral on TikTok after posting about how little it made during a five-hour shift, prompting a litany of replies from other users saying they too are experiencing a lull in receiving tips ahead of the holiday season.

TikToker Rockman ( uploaded the video, which received over 356,000 views as of Sunday.

Rockman writes in a text overlay for the video, “POV: 5 hours on your server shift at your third table with only $20 in tips and my manager says I cut after that table.”

The TikToker sports clown filters makeup in the clip as he dances in front of the camera with a blank stare. He writes in a caption for the video: “The good days are great but the friggin’ school days will make you wonder why I work here.” The good days are great but damn it at school you’ll be wondering why I work here 😂😂 #fypシ #serverlife #server #restaurante #restaurantlife #waiter ♬ Original soundtrack – Kayla

The catering and hospitality industry is reportedly still suffering from significant labor shortages in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other industries and retailers that used to suffer from staff shortages have managed to attract enough applicants to make up for their staff shortages.

According to Career Plug, dishwashers and servers are still in high demand. However, judging by Rockman’s post, it might be understandable why many restaurants and eateries find it difficult to fill vacancies at their establishments when other waiters are experiencing similar feelings.

Rockman’s post went viral shortly after another TikToker, Amir, called servers who complained about not getting enough tips during their shifts. Many users on the platform said it was unfair for waiters to publicly complain about not being tipped enough.

Rockman, however, goes along with his headline that “the good days are amazing,” and hints that he’s aware of the peripatetic nature of server income.

Chron authored an article about the “unstable” nature of waitstaff work, citing a lack of bi-weekly earnings consistency as a leading cause of burnout among hospitality workers. This leads them to rely on tips to make ends meet.

The outlet explored the question, “Is it hard being a waitress?” in an October 2021 article, writing, “For example, waiters — especially waitresses — earn some of the lowest wages in the workforce for a job that’s both physical and.” is also mentally exhausting. The duties of the job, working conditions, and poor pay can make waitstaff an especially difficult way to make a living and contribute to server burnout.”

TikTokers who saw Rockman’s post noted that the lack of tipping appears to be seasonal and that they’ve experienced a lack of patrons coming to their respective restaurants. Others speculated that people are trying to keep spending to a minimum to prepare for the holiday season.

One user wrote, “THIS SEASON IS SO SLOW,” while another added, “Bro yesterday I did 40 for 5 hours.”

Another user echoed the small tips: “I get $10 from 3 1/2 hours into my shift,” and a TikToker named Sam wrote, “Dude it’s so bad everywhere.”

The Daily Dot reached out to Rockman via TikTok comment for more information.


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*Initial publication: December 11, 2022 13:27 CST

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