Taylar Cordova is a hardworking mother, citizen, and waitress.
She provides food on the table for her small family by being a topnotch server in an unknown restaurant. She lives on minimum wage and for the most part, it’s the tips that really get her through the month’s cycle of bills.
One day, she wasn’t able to receive any tips for a bill worth 187.43 USD.
Not only did this frustrate her, it infuriated her. She works a decent, honest living, and tries to make ends meet by working as hard as she could in this economy where jobs are scarce, and she just got slapped in the face by this. A zero tip from an ungrateful customer. Zilch. Nada.
This caused her to write her most important rant on Facebook.
She’s had it with people who don’t tip, and now has felt it was necessary to vent her anger on a bigger platform. She decided to stand up, not only for herself, but for everybody else in the service industry who’re being treated unfairly on top of the very low wages they receive.
A highlight of this post is this:
“Servers are paid a base pay of $2-5/hr depending on the employer, so next time you don’t want to tip, regardless of the situation prior to receiving your bill, think about how much you would have to work that week off $2-5/hr to feed your family, not just you.”
This really opened the minds of others to the harsh realities of being a server. Since her post, many people have spoken up in defense of the waiters and waitresses of the country. Her post, as of this writing, has received 14,000 likes and 12,000 shares.
Taylar has started something special here: a much-needed conversation about the service industry that hasn’t taken place in years.
Whether you agree with her sentiments or not, you should be able to appreciate that Taylar has finally addressed the huge elephant in the room: there’s something wrong with the service industry and people are not doing enough to solve these problems. Should we outright ban tipping? Should we increase the minimum wage of servers instead? Taylar’s moment has become a beacon of light shedding truth about the horrible living conditions of servers throughout the country.