There has never been a more lucrative time for motivated servers.

Restaurant servers make money based on a few factors, all of which have little to do with how the restaurant is performing as a whole — unless, of course there is no traffic, in which case the establishment and its employees would fail regardless. Otherwise, a server’s money is dependent on tips (of course!) and, for the most part, tips are dependent on sales and good service. This essay will assume good service given there is no way to factor such a varying element.

The things that affect tips are:

(1) Number of tables

The more tables that a server…


Writing for something gave me a shot at everything.

What does one do with a degree in the arts? That was a question I asked myself after dropping out of law school in 2010. Law school was a goal for me since 2004, the time I realized that a BA in philosophy was worthless for making money but useful for passing the LSAT. Because there is not a major requirement for law school, outside of having one, many in the arts find that they can make use of an otherwise impractical degree by becoming a lawyer. I was one of those people.

However, my undergraduate GPA did not exactly…


Complacency is the problem.

Though the Covid Delta Variant is causing a bit of a stir, I have to admit that it has not been difficult for me to return to “normal” in the least. In large part, that speaks to the fact that I am extremely lucky given the almost nonexistent, negative, medical impact that Covid had on my own health or that of anyone close to me. And though I do count my blessings, it is unfortunate that proximity seems to affect human compassion as much as any other factor, and I am human. I feel that I did a decent job…


Even the worst addiction can be overcome.

Introduction

No recovery from drugs and alcohol is equal. Therefore, I can only speak for myself and from my own experience, meaning that — in this essay — I will try my absolute best not to assume that any actions, methods or treatments that worked for or failed me can be universally applied to help others. I find such thinking extremely short-sited, presumptuous and arrogant — that a person or organization would assume that their successful treatment or unique experiences could somehow automatically set a standard for everyone to successfully follow.

Such thinking has failed me personally, having been force fed…


J. Cole’s new album, “The Offseason,” taps into the universal human condition of transformation and change.

With the release of J. Cole’s 6th studio album “The Offseason” this past Friday, I think it is timely to take a look at one of the songs that appears on that album, “The Climb Back.” This song, in particular, is especially appropriate given the subject matter and the timing of the release. It offers insight into the album as a whole and into J. Cole’s current perspective on self-discovery and societal woes. …


Many restaurants miscalculated the value of their employees, and it has come back to bite them.

Hourly and lower-tiered salaried workers in the restaurant industry find themselves in an unfamiliar position because of the Covid-19 pandemic — one of increasing power. As with many or most things in business, it comes down to simple supply and demand: There are just not enough workers to fill all of the available positions. Therefore, workers can now be more selective of their place of employment and demand better treatment from their employers as their perceived value rises.

Anyone who has worked in the restaurant industry, as I have, can tell you that turnover is astronomical. Management often treats the…


Yadhira Romero Martínez’s life mattered.

Few in the general public noticed the disappearance and death of 19-year-old Yadhira Romero Martínez of Minneapolis as her abduction and savage murder were left largely unreported by local and national mainstream media for days after her body was found in a house in south Minneapolis on April 24th. …


George Floyd’s drug use is somehow different than our own.

Nothing brings out the self-righteous hypocrites like the cold-blooded murder of a Black man. According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, 11.7% of American adults use illegal drugs, and 19.4% have used illegal drugs or misused prescription medication in the last year (NCDAS). That means that almost every American is affected by or knows someone who abuses drugs. Further, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 25.8% of adults binge drink (NIH). And yet, an incredible amount of white men and women have emerged to publicly ridicule George Floyd for his drug use.

It was…


Easter and Derek Chauvin trial intersect in 2021.

George Floyd was/is a martyr, and he died a martyr’s death. To accept him as such — as an essential social icon who died for a necessary cause, whether or not he was directly aware of it, or not — is to understand his death in the context of the digital age and its relationship to racial-inequity awareness in America. Digital connectivity, speed, visualization and information are all essential to how the world relates to George Floyd’s death.

The intimacy and immediacy of the visual and audible information that the videos of Floyd’s death provided, and the connectivity of the…


Why in the hell is that guy wearing a BLM shirt?

As a white man with a red beard, pale skin, a stocky build and a southern accent, I think that there is extra value in me speaking up in support of Black Lives Matter, from a strictly stereotypical perspective. I just do not look and sound like what many would imagine a Black Lives Matter supporter would look and sound like. That puts me in a position to use the element of surprise and my white privilege as a superficial yet effective strategy to build trust among those who are unwilling to listen to women or minorities with similar views.

Joshua Gane

Josh writes for RapTV. He has a BA in philosophy from UNC and a MA in English for NC State.

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