When you run out on a check, many restaurants in New York make your waiter pick it up—waiters who are undertipped, overworked, treated like assholes by the paying customers. Servers often have to work an entire shift for free to cover that cost, which means by nabbing just one free meal and/or a few drinks, you’re forcing someone to perform uncompensated labor, one of the great injustices and maddening cruelties of our capitalist system. You’re not sticking it to the owners—just to their hardworking employees.
So good on Manhattan waiter Suzanne Parratt, who says she was fired from Midtown hellhole Pig N Whistle because she refused to cover the check of a table that bounced; she plans to file a complaint of retaliation at the Division of Labor Standards, Gothamist reports. It’s blatantly illegal for restaurant owners to demand their employees cover their losses. If you can’t ensure that your customers aren’t robbing you, that’s not your employees’ fault (unless they’re the inside man!). Hopefully this incident brings official attention to a rampant practice in the city’s restaurant industry and effects real change. After all, it’s not really the dashers who are the worst—it’s the owners!
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