Did you know that there are really two minimum wages in the US, one for tipped workers and one for non-tipped workers?
The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 if a worker receives $30 or more per month in tips.
This low wage is one reason for outbreaks of food poisoning. Workers can't afford to take time off when they are sick, so they work and spread illness.
Listen to restaurant owner Michael McCarty discuss the low wages of kitchen workers in restaurants and the history of tipping and the service compris.
See also a new book coming out in February... Forked: A New Standard for American Dining by Saru Jayaraman.