Money & The Food Industry [infographic]

May 16, 2012 |  by  |  Food
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It’d be an understatement to say America loves food. The food industry is one of the most lucrative in the country and the big wigs of fast food chains are raking in the doe, while their foot soldiers run the business essentially. A fast-food worker is regarded to as the lowest median paying job in the U.S., according to the infographic. Getting paid between $6.80 and $7.90 an hour, members of the food service industry are forced to work a little harder for extra cash.

The tip. It’s a word known to rear it’s head around the close of a meal. On average, we tip 17.5%. The infographic also left some pointers for getting a higher tip percentage. Things as simple as a touching the shoulder of the customer and squatting to be at eye level while talking could get you that little extra. What defines a good tip to you? And how does one obtain it? Share your thoughts in a comment. [Via]

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  • Tip

    Resolution is too low, can’t read some of the info on where not to tip, for instance.

  • Grammar Guest

    And they can’t Accept tips! Except is mispelled

    • Another Grammar Guest

      It seems you have confused expect and except.  Both ‘accept’ and ‘expect’ make complete sentences, just different meanings.  I believe ‘expect’ is most suitable.  

  • http://twitter.com/MoneyPlanSOS Steve Stewart

    HeHeHe. There’s a great joke in here: The info-graphic begins with a COW and continues with information about TIPPING

    • Monet Diamante

      Ha. Not sure how relevant this is….but it is a good observation, nonetheless. :)

  • http://ChooseVeg.com/ VeganQT

    Go Vegan!

  • Rude.

    Can’t believe it suggests leaving a penny if you aren’t satisfied with your service…if you have a problem, talk to your server or a manager before you leave and at least leave 10%. Leaving a penny is the rudest thing I’ve ever heard of and honestly, I probably would refuse to wait on you if you ever came back. I only make $2.50 an hour for crying out loud. How am I supposed to pay for college?

    • wel..

      Well, if you do a good job, you should not expect to get pennies for tips.
      I worked my way through two degrees serving on tables, and have never received pennies, but did see this in fact being practiced on some of the people I worked with.
      The worst was sometimes having to share tips with lousy, lazy servers, who did zero, and got a cut from the overall tips.
      Anyway, it’s not rude, I believe it will eventually teach the server that their service was BAD, and not lukewarm or just slow.

  • http://www.fcpakistan.com/ Food Connection Pakistan

    Interesting Food Graphic

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  • Monet Diamante

    Interesting Infographic. Two things I’d like to touch on (no pun intended). Where it’s an interesting “fact” that the tip increased when the server touched the shoulder of the guest for a second, I would highly discourage someone from doing that at a typical restaurant. Maybe if you are female and your clientele are mostly men, at a sports bar, it would be different but let’s say you are at a McCormick & Schmick’s, and a man is having dinner with his wife. This could seriously backfire. And personally, I don’t like to be touched on my shoulder. Especially by my server. Tread with caution. Second: Let’s talk about the “leave a penny” remark for a second. I’ve been in the industry for 12 years and I have never seen this happen, so it must be more common in some areas, or very specific types of clientele. I was at a restaurant a few weeks ago and received incredibly poor service. I still tipped something like 10%, and it was a to-go order at the bar (if you think about it, had I even just ordered a beer, I would have tipped a buck or two, so I basically tipped the same, and I had water). I hate when I get bad service. Despise it. I’m almost positive the guys working were also the managers, so speaking to a manager was not an option, and it was a loud bar. I did, however, write a Yelp review about my experience, which I almost never do, but I was furious. Most people would not have tipped at all, but I just can’t bring myself not to. Service is what I’m passionate about. Even on my worst days, I still did my BEST to be an incredible server/bartender. Let’s say you receive poor table service. Maybe he/she was MIA, or got your order wrong, or wasn’t overly friendly. His/Her tips still make up most of their living. You have to consider if you are having a bad day at work, and decide to maybe just work slightly less productively, or surf the web, or talk to your coworkers instead of really get much done, your pay does not get docked. I dislike poor service just as much as the next guy, but I’ll still always have a little bit of compassion and understanding for people in the industry. You never know what is going on behind the scenes – either in the restaurant or in their life. But don’t leave them for your server.