Minimum wage in Oakland, CA is $12 and change.$12.29? Some pain in the accountant number.
SF (which might not have one in city limits) has a minimum wage of $15. Both include servers/tipped employees. So tipping is dropping off.
there's several states with minimum wage higher than $8.50, i was just pointing out that unless he lived in the one state where minimum wage was exactly $8.50, he must have been making better than minimum for where he was located.