Aaliyah Cortez is a young mother Texas mother who is a server and bartender at a sports bar. The young mom recently posted on social medial in a TikTok video her paycheck - it was only $9.28!
Cortez worked nearly 71 hours at a salary of $2.13 an hour. The paycheck amount should have been about $150 but with Social Security, Medicare and the Federal income tax - her final pay came to $9.28. She also mentions that she does get tips, but her hourly wage was only about $9.
"So this is why you should always tip your bartenders, servers, anyone who waits on you or provides a service for you, because this is my hourly for two weeks," she said in the video.
She mainly did the video to reveal how the service industry operates. Some states allow a minimum wage as low as $2.13/hour as long as they get tips. She also reports that her paycheck shouldn't rely on the "generosity" of the customers.
"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," Cortez told BuzzFeed.
Her video has gone viral since then. Some people are criticizing the young mom saying that bartenders and servers makes ton of tips and even would not declare it on their tax report. On the other hand, she also got a lot of people supporting her idea and asking for federal laws to change.
Look at the viral TiKToK
What is your stand on this issue? Do you tip at restaurants and bars?