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Coast servers: Tipping is down by half

BILOXI — Hard times are showing up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the form of lower tips for those in the service industry.

Waitresses and others who work in the various service industries on the Coast say tips are down by about half this year and they don’t expect it to jump much during the holidays.

Brenda Guichet, who creates arrangements at Rose’s Floral on Pass Road in Biloxi, says people just can’t afford it.

The Sun Herald reported on Sunday that her husband, Philip Guichet, says he used to pocket tips of $2, $3 and $5 when he delivered flowers. He’s seen a total of about $10 in tips this year.

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