Mom shares video of her $9 paycheck after working over 70 hours to make point about the service industry
One Texas mom recently shared a video on TikTok featuring a paycheck that came up to just $9 for over 70 hours of work, in order to highlight the importance of tipping.
Aaliyah Cortez has been a server and bartender at a local sports bar for just over a year, BuzzFeed reports. She knows firsthand the difficulties in trying to make ends meet as a parent working in the service industry and hopes to spread further awareness of this.
Check out the eye-opening video below:
The doting mom made the decision to upload a snap of her paycheck after receiving a series of paychecks that ranged between $4 and $11 for over 70 hours of work.
In the clip, Aaliyah shows TikTok viewers a recent paycheck where she worked 70.80 hours and, after the social security, medicare, and federal income tax were taken out, the amount came to just $9.28.
This recently fired Outback Steakhouse waitress opens up in a social media post after a local megachurch didn’t tip her on a $735 takeout bill:
Per Buzzfeed, she gets paid $2.13 an hour, in addition to tips.
In an interview with the publication, Aaliyah said: "There are laws set up that allow tipped employees to be paid under the federal minimum wage, which makes us rely on the customer to pay our wages."
She continued: "It’s not right that we have to do this, but I wanted to shed some light on the issue and inform the public about the importance of tipping. If I had a good two weeks from tips my check will be on the lower side. At my last restaurant, my checks would come out to be $0."
"I just wish we were all being paid adequately and consistently. As you can see – by my check – I cannot afford to live off of $2.13 an hour, so I solely rely on the generosity of my customers."