@julnyes I went from curious to see what my preconceived notions should have been (but I had none), to not understanding how I could have had any that matched with the seeming range of people.
@Confused I understand what you're saying, but isn't that kind of the case with all laws? A law doesn't just get passed and everyone automatically follows it - for the most part, laws need to be enforced. I'm trying to say that you could have further pursued remedy to that, but I'm also realistic and know that's not always so easy (OSHA says you should so many breaks for so many hours of work, but is that enforced everywhere?). You were also in a little bit of a situation like a drug dealer not being able to call the cops when he's robbed. But anyway, the owner was sketchy and pretty much full of crap.
@Slutface Well, the Department of Labor says so.
@josefinastrummer If given the choice between guaranteed minimum wage, with a possibility of making much more, or a guarantee of $9/hr, I'm picking the first option.
Also, I'm pretty sure the employer actually has to make up the difference if the server's pay plus tips come out to less than minimum wage.
@jfruh I think it really depends where you work. I'm no longer a waitress, but it is something I've thought of going to back to through the years because I made much better money waiting tables than working retail when I was younger.
I still remember the satisfaction I felt when I correctly answered the question that was Ken Jennings' downfall. (It has everything to do with how super smart I am, and nothing to do with my occupation. Nope.)
Clearly I don't understand insurance. At the end of the article, a solution is proposed where the insurance company gives the doctor $8,000 per patient, and if the patient requires less, the doctor can pocket the difference (an effort to reward preventative care measures). But if the insurance company collects less than that per year in premiums for that member, how does that work?
@stuffisthings But we're supposed to disagree about stuff! (I just remember one day hitting reply on one of your posts and thinking it might seem like I had it in for you, I don't remember what it was about, maybe the envelope of cash...)
I originally read stuffisthings' comment and thought he was referring to the way that some people do have the attitude that it is kind of morally wrong to carry debt, regardless of whether you're making the contractual payments (because I was already going there in my head). I am more of the opinion that you are morally obligated to keep a promise to the best of your abilities, with caveats. I'm not sure any of us are saying that it's morally okay to sign a contract you have no intention of fulfilling.