|Wrestle Circus introduced tipping, which plays into a bigger question of economics in wrestling|
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In the United States of America, most workers have a minimum hourly rate for their services, provided they're not working a la carte jobs for a lump sum. It varies from state to state, municipality to municipality, but each rate cannot go lower than the national, federally mandated value. The big exception, however, is for waitstaff, or servers at a restaurant. Their minimum wage can be several times lower than the federal level because they work on tips, or gratuity added onto the bill. Unless the restaurant has a policy for mandatory gratuity, and most only require it after the number of people in dining party exceeds a certain number, usually six, the amount of money received by the server is at the discretion of the diner/dining party. That is to say, the server can theoretically work an entire shift and make no money on top of the piddling hourly wage they get if they somehow hit a streak of miserly assholes. Trust me, I've worked in the service industry as a busboy and have seen people stingily leave tips approaching zero percent. People tend to treat the enterprise of tipping as if they're judging a server on performance which at times is dependent on other factors out of their control.