Originally Posted by b1os
Which part do you mean when referring to not understanding your social norms? The really low loan for waiters? I don't understand why cleaners get 4.50€ or less per hour without any tipping here in eastern Germany either. Let alone the semi-illegal "imported" chinese restaurant workers who don't have social backup, live in a shithole and work 60-70 hours per week for 300-400€ per month.
Just saying that it seems to compensate by the tipping. In the US, one gets very few money, but at least there are quite a few people tipping generously. In Germany, one gets few money - not enough to live but considerably more than in the US - but therefore less tipping is normal. Same outcome.
I wasn't really responding to you about the norms, but to other Europeans like Britalian. You do seem to understand. FWIW, I don't know how it became this way, but the expected wage for a server includes tips. None of them believe they are being hired for 2.50/hr. In nice restaurants they can make 100k/year, and in less nice, much less. I don't know if it averages out to be equivalent to Europe. In reality, like all things done in that comparison, I imagine the highs are higher here, and the lows are lower here.