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  • n. An amount or percentage of a server's tips that the server shares, either voluntarily or as mandated in a tip sharing or tip pooling agreement, with other employees such as bus boys, bartenders, back waiters and hostesses whose job duties indirectly assist the server.
  • v. For a person who receives tips in the course of their work, to provide a percentage of tips to certain co-workers who support the work done by the waiter.


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  • “Typically, waiters receive an hourly wage — as little as $2.13 in some states, though California law mandates at least $8 — plus tips, some of which they may pass on, or ‘tip out,’w to their support staff.�?

    The New York Times, Why Tip?, by Paul Wachter, October 9, 2008

    October 12, 2008