Under Cover Waitress

Under Cover Waitress philosophizes on life from her humble position on the dining room floor. With her unique brand of warmth and humor, she discusses politics, labor and legal issues affecting the restaurant industry. She recommends books and products that appeal to her readership. 

Paying Tax On Somebody Else's Tips

Ask the Waitress! This is from the state of Virginia: My wife is a waitress in family restaurant in VA. The manager gets paid a salary and also considers herself a waitress ....more

Anybody Else Watch "MasterChef?"

I adore MasterChef. SPOILER ALERT: if you haven't seen the episode that was new on Monday, September 1st, stop reading now. Got'ta love Jaimee, and I was sorry to see her go ....more

More Tip Questions: Petit Larceny

Ask the Waitress! First, I know I am behind on posting, and yes, there are questions in my email that I have not yet responded to. I do apologize to anyone who feels ignored; it is not your question, but rather, my schedule that has kept me away from the keyboard ....more

Where’s the Breaking Point for Employees? [Infographic]

Many thanks to Oliver Carsson for supplying me with this interesting infographic and guest post. On "things the bug employees," 74 percent said "subpar benefits." Heh. I'll bet closer to 100 percent of waiters and waitresses might have that complaint....more

The Turkeys: RANCH

Long time no see, my friends. Summer has flown by and I am behind on posting; with the school year about to begin I shall only become busier! Many thanks to waiter and comedian Chris Maddock from Minneapolis, MN, for sending us this video ....more

How Not To Carry A Tray

Quite a while back I answered a serious and important question:...more

Some Sarcasm For Tuesday Laughs

Went browsing on Pinterest for "some e cards" that seemed relevant to my years on the floor as a waitress. I took a couple of sabbaticals, and even though I returned to the same restaurant after each one this was truly me. Hey, just being honest ....more

Tip Sharing Arrangement Seems Unfair

Ask the Waitress! This plea for help comes from Wisconsin: I work as a server at a mongolian grill style restaurant. Patrons are greeted, seated by a host (sometimes, during the week there often is not hostess.) Servers take orders of drinks, expo stuff like salads and rice, and also use the deep.. ....more

The Manager's Legal Handbook

The Manager's Legal Handbook...more

Bad Changes With New Ownership

Ask the Waitress! The following plea for help arrived from Ohio: We are getting a new owner in our restaurant. We will have a new POS, new menu and new policies ....more