I have to tell you about the moment Sonny and I had long been waiting for. The time had finally arrived… I had previously mentioned that 20% of the checks went to the servers as their tips. The checks would go over to the head office, where they would tabulate the total money made for the week and return that money to us in cash. We were actually a part of something we had only heard about previously and now it was here. The dividing of the tip money equally amongst the 8 servers was upon us. Tom, our boss, would count out $100s eight times, one for each waiter and continue piling, until all the money was divided equally. My eyes popped when I saw it was over $700 per man. Now that’s what I was talking about and why we wanted to be servers. Our patience was finally starting to pay off. It was like that every week. The tips we were pocketing daily was becoming steadier as well. Being college students, we were able to save, and it came in handy. I was also able to buy my first car - a 1972 Sky Blue Chrysler Newport Cruiser for $900. I had 5 of my friends in the car the day I bought it. It was a 90-degree day and we were so excited to have air conditioning. One day - later in the fall, when the temperature dropped - I would later find out that the car had no heat. Surprise!!
After dividing the tip money, each waiter would give the kitchen staff $10-$20 each. They pocketed an extra $80 or more in tips, as well as being the highest paid dishwashers in town. During the 70s, you didn’t see dishwashers making over $500 weekly. We wanted to thank them for their help. We showed them how much we appreciated their hard work. Sunday, after the serving of the members’ breakfast, we would all sit down as a family and get treated to one of Lucille and Helen tasty meals. Life was good!!
For the next installment, chapter five, we'll meet "Changing Times"
J. White, 2016
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