Employees Work for No Pay to Help Restaurant

27 01 2009

Here’s a neat story from Muskegon.

A week ago, 17 restaurant employees — servers, cooks, busboys, dishwashers, cashiers and hostesses — worked exclusively for tips, so owner Dave Barham could trim the payroll.

“Isn’t that something?” he asked.

When the last customer left on what employees dubbed “Donate A Day,” they’d saved the boss about $700 in wages. The restaurant employs 31 people.

Wow.  How many of us would give our bosses a free day of work to help them out?  Honestly, in an office setting, I don’t think I would.  The deal here was everyone worked for tips.  Once patrons got word of what they were doing, they started leaving bigger tips.  By the end of the day, they had made over $800 in tips which was then split evenly between everyone. 

Interesting story.  I’ve never worked at a place where I liked or respected the company I worked for that much that I would consider that.  I think this story not only says a lot about the employees but a lot about the owners as well. 

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