With all your sensitive news articles regarding the abysmal hourly wages for restaurant servers in Portland, I was shocked to hear from a relative that after waiting on a table for seven, with a tab of $49.80, the tip that was left was 20 cents, to be shared between the server and the busboy.

When the cashier looked puzzled, the customer said, “Do you have a problem with that?” This was not an isolated incident.

For shame. Is this any way to treat folks who are often on their feet for 10 hours a day, earn $3.70 an hour and depend on tips for a not-close-to-living wage?

Aurelie Dyer Wallach