BOSTON - Marco Angelone moved to Boston from Italy about seven years ago. In his country, it is not part of the culture to tip a waiter or waitress. The server’s wage covers his or her labor. In the United States, he has discovered, that is not true.
Angelone, 27, lives in Jamaica Plain and has worked in the restaurant industry for a little over two years now. He is a back server, which means he splits tips with the waiters and waitresses working in the dining room. This year, his wage went up to $3 per hour, from the $2.63 it had been when he got his first job.