I work as bartender in a restaurant/lounge. Staff are allowed a half price pint when they finish their shift. All but three serial stiffers in the front of house are very good tippers, but those three are the ones who will stay for several drinks and usually have a meal as well. Also, pretty well the whole back of house stiff me on every purchase. This would be just annoying if it wasn’t for the fact that we have to tip out 6% of sales to be divided up amongst the kitchen and various support staff (we have A LOT of staff). The tip pool is paid out weekly based on hours worked. So every time one of them stiffs me, it comes out of any tips I’ve earned up to the point in the day. I’ve gone to management and complained as it’s really starting to add up, it was $45 from Thursday to Sunday last week. Management has told me that when staff are off shift, they are regular customers like anyone else and can leave any tip they like.

How can I approach this subject with the individuals responsible without looking like an @$$hole. It’s not fair that they take up real estate at the bar where I could be earning money from other customers and that for some of them, they’re actually stealing a bit of cash from me by me having to tip them out on any purchase they make. It would be one thing if I at least broke even, but now I’m actually paying THEM to serve them!? WTF!?

It’s otherwise a great place to work and most of these people I consider friends. How can I deal with this?

~Alex

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