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One of their jobs is working in a restaurant, but as I understand it Tips are shared among the staff and they don't personally pocket them.

Who does pocket them? Your statement makes no sense. Pooled or not, does tip money wind up in the worker's pocket at the end of the day?

I knew a few restaurants where the tips are all pooled, and the owner takes them all. The waiters and waitresses do not get them. Makes for a lot of resentment on the part of the wait staff. I am under the impression that this is illegal in this state, but if they complain, they would get fired and being out of a job is even worse than having your tips stolen by the employer.
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