Most people don't realize that there is a different minimum wage for employees who work for tips. $2.13/hr is the federal tipped minimum wage, and has been since 1991. Anything else they make during the course of their shifts comes from tips. Until I worked in a restaurant over a summer break, I really didn't realize this. My assumption had been that tips were thanks for above and beyond service. But in reality, they can be a server's entire income if they're only making the tipped minimum wage. Since that summer, how I tip is fundamentally different. But my personal tipping habits are only a small thing, compared to the ways in which we could advocate for a living wage for restaurant workers. Some states have different minimums, coming closer to ensuring a living wage for restaurant workers, and some restaurants do pay above the minimum. But others do not. On 2/13, let's be aware of $2.13 and do what we can to learn more and advocate for a living wage.