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For servers, tightening economy is clear
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Plenty of people are worried about what the tightening economy will bring, but for some restaurant servers, the pain is already here.

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St. Cloud waitress Jackie Moll says her tips have dwindled from about half of her annual income to about 20 to 30 percent.

The 31-year-old Moll says her tips have gotten more inconsistent in the past year, too. One day she'll make $50, the next day $20.

Tips usually make up a majority of the salary for Minnesota's more than 49,000 servers.

The story's the same for Steph Wellen, a waitress at a Famous Dave's in Waite Park. She says her usual tip has dropped from 15 percent to 10 percent in the past year. That means she's had to cut out $50 to $100 per week from her budget.

Moll says she has no plans to quit waitressing because she's a "people person."

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