Nobody is happy when a customer stiffs wait staff, but that's what many employers are doing across the state. They've stolen your time and it's time to take it back.
The hours you work are the hours you are paid for. Whatever your boss is telling you, it really is that simple. If your employer isn't paying you for your work time, you are not simply "doing the company a favor." They're stealing your wages. It was proven in a 2013 Ukiah, Calif. lawsuit where wages were stolen from 47 restaurant employees and it's alleged to be happening nationwide at Chipotle.