TIPPING ok lets explain this. minimum wage in new york city is $7.25 an hour, minus taxes. about £4.50. If we ignore taxes and just do a flat rate here with full time hours (40 hours a week) that’s $290.00/£179.60 a week. My rent, in Brooklyn in a really horrible shitty apartment with a hole in my bathroom ceiling where piss and shit water from my upstairs neighbors leaks every time they flush the toilet is $1350/£836.07 a month. plus i have approximately $300/£185.79 a month in electric, gas, and internet so my monthly costs total at @ $1650/£1021.86 a month. with four paychecks a month BEFORE taxes I will have $1160/£718.40 a month. So, with that i will have exactly -$490/-£303.46 a month AND THEN SUBTRACT TAXES TOO. How do you want me to eat or not become homeless without tip money???? please, tell me again how tips are an american “obsession” that you don’t “understand”????????????