Here are some of the stories we've heard from the people who have been Tipped Over by your generosity.
I'm a server at Cheddars in Decatur, IL. Let me tell you about my story.. A couple that came in today met two other people when they arrived. They had lunch, and we started to talk after they ate their meal. We chatted about my son that I'm raising on my own and how old he is. I hadn't had a day off in almost 3 weeks. They were so nice and made me feel so blessed that I started to tear up. Before they left, I had to go back to the table to ask them for a hug and bless them. It was an amazing feeling. Spreading joy is the best "tip" around.
I work at the Bob Evans in Springfield, and I was tipped $100 by this very nice couple! I wish I had noticed the credit tip before they left.. Just wanna say thank you very much!
I have worked at Cracker Barrel for years, and I was just "tipped over" with this site for the first time. I didn't receive it until a couple weeks after that shift. It was in the safe, because I had already tipped out that day. Last night is when I opened it, and it made my week. I work very hard and it is really nice to be noticed and appreciated. Thank you whoever you are. I will definitely try to pass it on!
We were busy right when we opened the doors today. It was me and one other server. The other server was brand new. So I was picking up the extra tables she just couldn't get to.
I just got married three weeks ago, and my husband and I were recently discussing how we are both going to afford to stay in school. Being "tipped over" definately brightened my day and gave me a better outlook for the 10-hour shift ahead of me.
I was working my first shift at Lake Road Inn, and my first table of the night was such a nice family. Then when I got their tip slip I saw the words, "You've been tipped over!" It made my first shift off to a great start. Thank you!!
I have been "tipped over" three times; it's a nice gesture but here's the problem... Two of the three tippers barely left me a 20% tip. Although is technically over-tipping, it's not as generous of an act as they may think.
Please keep in mind and spread the word to others that in Illinois servers make, AT MOST, $4.95 an hour from their employer but there is a 40% tip credit... which means that up to 40% of that hourly wage isn't paid to the server at all, but is assumed by my employer to have made in tips.
For instance, for every $100.00 of food I sell, my employer assumes that I have made at least $10.00 in tips and that money is subtracted from that $4.95 hourly wage. Even if a server is "stiffed," we still pay income taxes on the money PRESUMABLY given to us. Keep in mind the IRS also assumes that I have made at least 10% in tips for all of my sales and the income and social security taxes also come out of that hourly wage.
Another thing to remember is that credit card tips at some restaurants are not paid in cash to the server, instead it is collected by the company, taxes and social security are deducted from the entire tip, and it's posted to their paycheck. An "overly generous" credit card tip can actually adversely affect the server because if they are audited by the IRS and the IRS has documents showing you made an average of 25% tips on your credit card sales, they will expect you to pay taxes equivalent to 1/4 of the total food you sold.
In short, I appreciate the kind gesture of being "tipped-over," but I think all tipped employees would appreciate it very much if the general public were aware of just how little we are actually earning.