food and sundries

Cash Is King

Filed under: Uncategorized — May 29, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

Since taking two “moon-lighting” jobs in the food-service profession, I have been obsessively reading the past postings on (a great resource for restaurant servers and customers alike, as well as just a darn entertaining read).

It appears that the posts there that garner the most discussion are those on tipping. One of the questions that often arises is whether it’s better to pay a tip in cash or put it on your card.

The rumored preference of employees in the field is cash, and, as a server myself, I have to agree.

“Of course,” you say. “So you can cheat the IRS. Why would I support that?!”

True, that may be a reason for many servers, but, in my case, it’s primarily about how my employer has me close out my accounts at the end of the night.

In one job, I have to pay the house whatever I’ve taken in in food sales at the end of a night, but the house let’s me keep back all my tips (both cash and credit card). In that job, I don’t really care too much whether your tip is left in cash or credit, since I get to experience relatively immediate gratification.

In my other job, however, all my credit-card tips are paid out to me in a paycheck (which only issues once a week and which I have to make the effort to go pick up and ask for, deposit, etc.), but I can take any cash tips I earn in a night home right away.

Call me crazy, but cash-in-hand beats a future promise of cash any day!

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