As a bartender, I would like to provide a counterpoint to a quote at the beginning of the article about the tip wages and the $15 minimum wage [“$15 wage — and tips, too?” Page One, April 21). The story quotes “local bartender Bridget Maloney” as saying she can make “up to $45 an hour” in tips.
The implication that comes from that quote — that bartenders across the board make similar money — is inaccurate and misleading. It misrepresents the situation faced by those in the restaurant industry.
I have worked at the bar of a major business hotel near the airport, as a banquet bartender, at an airline club at the airport, and currently at a restaurant. My tips average a bit less than the $100 per shift most of the bartenders I know consider to be decent income.
Except for the rare occasion, most bartenders never even come close to $45 an hour. Stating that Maloney’s tip income is anywhere close to the norm is simply incorrect, in my experience, and can skew public opinion against those in the industry who work hard for far less in tips.
John Cartmell, Redmond