BBC News is reporting that a cruise line waiter hanged himself after being accused of stealing money from the tip box on the cruise ship.
The article indicates that an Indian waiter, Sumith Gawas, from Goa, allegedly killed himself in his cabin on the P&O Cruise ship Arcadia while it was docked in Southampton earlier this summer. Fellow crew members accused Mr. Gawas of taking the money from a self-service restaurant.
A coroner in Southampton just released an official finding that a suicide occurred. The police had previously ruled out any foul play.
Tips are an important issue for the minimally paid waiters and assistant waiters on cruise ships. Waiters employed by cruise lines like Royal Caribbean are paid only $50 a month in wages and are dependent on the generosity of the passengers. Although some waiters can earn several thousand of dollars a month in tips while serving all three meals in the main dining room, working in a buffet or self-service restaurant results in very small passenger tips.