Most (if not all) Las Vegans are close to someone who works (or has worked) in the service industry in some capacity. And most of those folks know that a century of tradition upholds the idea that the support staff is tipped-out by servers. It’s a helpful checks-and-balances system that works like this: Good servers who get tipped well require fast, efficient bussers to sell more booze and help turn tables, thereby earning more and better tips. To get bussers on their side and help make this happen, servers tip bussers for their efforts much like we tip servers for theirs.
This tradition of the top of chain tipping the supporting links isn’t limited to the cocktail server/busser relationship; it happens between bartenders and barbacks, food servers and food runners, hairstylists and salon assistants.
If you feel you simply must tip a busser, I’d deduct that amount from the server’s gratuity, since that is where it should have come from anyway. In the big picture, if there is anything the consumer hates more than the bait-and-switch it’s the nickel-and-dime. In this instance, elements of both are present. Servers, take care of your bussers, please.
What happened to Women’s Hospital on East Sahara?
I have a very personal connection to Women’s Hospital, having been born there a long time ago in a Las Vegas far, far away. Founded in the 1960s by Dr. Sol T. DeLee (the nephew of the founder of modern obstetrics, Dr. Joseph Bolivar DeLee), Women’s Hospital played a critical role in the medicinal modernization of Las Vegas, bringing women-focused care to the small desert town and dramatically reducing newborn and infant mortality rates. In the early 1990s, Women’s was closed, torn down and replaced with an auto dealership, which is today a bar and restaurant supply firm. DeLee, who had a long and very successful career in Chicago and Las Vegas before a prescription-drug scandal derailed it, died in 2006 at age 95.