Mom Shares Images Of Her $9 Paycheck After Working Over 70 Hours to Highlight the Importance of Tipping
It’s no surprise that working moms have it tough—especially when they’re away from their kids for so long and barely have anything to show for it.
Meet Aaliyah Cortez, who works as a server and bartender. Not only are her hours scattered all over the place, so she doesn’t get to see her child often, but she works a lot. As in, around 70 hours. And she doesn’t come away with a large paycheck at all. In fact, some kids get more allowance than she does in her weekly pay!
So how much does she get paid? Anywhere between a mere $4 to $11.
She recently created a video to draw attention to the issue and why her paychecks are as low as they are, despite the high hourly count.
In the video, she first showed a check where she made $9.28. That’s a depiction of what her typical paycheck looks like after Social Security, Medicare, and federal income tax was taken out—and that was for working a total of 70.80 hours.
Since her total income is just $2.13 an hour, she explained that she really relies on tips to make a sustainable living.
“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,” Aaliyah said in her video about the service industry in her video. “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.”
She also talks about how her tips get factored into how much she gets taxed on her paychecks. So the more tips she brings in, the less her take-home pay is. Sometimes it’s $0 because of that. And that really isn’t fair either.
“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,” she said.
Who knew the serving industry underpaid their workers so much? Check out the video of Aaliyah discussing the service industry and tipping below.
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The next time you think about leaving a restaurant without tipping, or leaving an extremely low amount for good service, you may want to think twice! Did you know servers were paid so low and relied so heavily on tips?