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For servers, tightening economy is clear

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.

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."