Soon after I divorced I worked as a waitress to support myself and two children, as child support money was only enough to pay rent. The boss told me what hours to write down according to his wishes, regardless of what I had actually worked. I came home with enough tips to pay my babysitter—barely. I can’t imagine what it would have been like without the child support—federal assistance, no doubt. Expecting patrons to directly pay for the employees through the tipping system is unfair. Living off tips is difficult. If you get sick, you can’t work, thus can’t get paid and are worse off for not being able to afford health care. Only folks in fine dining or bars can make enough money in tips to make it worthwhile to work the long, hard hours, but it is still unfair for the employer not to pay minimum wage to his employees.