Living off tips is next to impossible. I worked as a waitress in the 60’s for tips alone and in the 70’s for $2.00 per hour plus tips. In the sixties I was forced to begin working as a dancer because tips were so poor. In the 70’s I had a base wage of $2.00 plus tips. Tips were a joke in Tallahassee, FL. Twenty five or fifty cents were the norm in that college town. I got one meal per shift and pizzas that were not picked up. There were no other jobs for a college student, and I was a widow with a child! I had to drop out of college so I could work full time. Those were hard, degrading times.