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    To pool tips

    For every clever person who goes to the trouble of creating an incentive scheme, there is
    an army of people, clever and otherwise, who will inevitably spend even more time trying
    to beat it. Cheating may or may not be human nature, but it is certainly a prominent
    feature in just about every human endeavor. Cheating is a primordial economic act:
    getting more for less. So it isn’t just the boldface names—inside-trading CEOs and pillpopping
    ballplayers and perk-abusing politicians—who cheat. It is the waitress who
    pockets her tips instead of pooling them.
    pool 2 verb [ transitive ]

    to combine your money, ideas, skills etc with those of other people so that you can all use them : Investors agreed to pool their resources to develop the property.
    The students worked together, pooling their knowledge.
    Why would a waitress pool her tips? What's the incentive to combine money with other people? Does pooling have a different meaning as well?

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    Re: To pool tips

    I don't know about other countries, but here in the Czech Republic all wait staff serve all customers at all times. The one who collects your money when you leave may not have brought you a single item. It is understood by all concerned that it it is the community of wait staff that provides the service, and the community that that is tipped.

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    Re: To pool tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post


    Why would a waitress pool her tips? What's the incentive to combine money with other people? Does pooling have a different meaning as well?

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    If four waitresses, say, were working together, they might agree to pool their tips, and share them evenly at the end of the night.
    They might do this for various reasons:
    - one of them might get a very generous customer who tips $1,000, whereas another might be very unlucky. By sharing, they guarantee at least $250 each for the night.
    - Everybody has their off days, so if a girl is not very on the ball one night and doesn't get many tips, she still gets to share the pool.
    - Pooling tips might decrease the stress of competition between them.
    - More likely, it's a directive from management that they do that.

    Maybe someone who's worked this way can say why it happened. It does seem like an unnecessarily socialist mode of payment which would tend to lead to slack work ethics and a descent into uniform mediocrity though. Maybe the author just made an unlikely analogy.
    The point is that, if such a system is in place, and if a waitress is pocketing her tips, she is cheating.

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    Re: To pool tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I It does seem like an unnecessarily socialist mode of payment
    That is probably the origin here in the Czech republic
    which would tend to lead to slack work ethics and a descent into uniform mediocrity
    Actually, it doesn't. Customers don't have to wait for 'their' wait staff, and so the service is quick. Anybody who did not pull their weight would soon upset their colleagues, customers and boss, and not last long.
    In countries in which waiting is a respectable and respected job, for which a reasonable wage is paid, wait staff expect, and are expected, todo a good, honest job without necessarily turning up every twenty seconds to enquire anxiously whether everything is OK, just so that they can, at the end of the meal, receive the tip that they need to survive.

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    Re: To pool tips

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    In countries in which waiting is a respectable and respected job, for which a reasonable wage is paid, wait staff expect, and are expected, todo a good, honest job without necessarily turning up every twenty seconds to enquire anxiously whether everything is OK, just so that they can, at the end of the meal, receive the tip that they need to survive.
    Yes, I was assuming this was a restaurant in which a waitress says, "Hello, my name is Tracy and I'll be your waitress tonight." But obviously that's not the only model available.

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