In a shocking Tiktok video, a bartender in US named, Aaliyah Cortez shares her story where she was paid only $9.28 (£6.70) after working for about 71 hours.
Aliyah have been working as a bartender for more than a year in a local sports bar.
On the clip she showed her payslip which added up to a payment of $9.28 (£6.70) but her actual payment should have been around $150 (£110), more than half of her money was reduced as per the taxes and Medicare and Social Security deduction.
Aaliyah shows us her payslip and says: “This is why you should always tip your bartender, server, anyone who waits on you or provides a service for you.
“I get paid $2.13 (£1.50) an hour as a bartender and a server.
“I should have made $150.81, but because I have to have Social Security, Medicare and income tax taken out, I was paid $9.28 for 70 hours of work.
“Of course, I got tips, but this is what I got for my hourly. This is why you tip.”
Some TikTok users were neutral, with one saying: “No mam, your bar/restaurant is getting free labour and that’s not ok.”
Another person added: “This is why the US should be like EVERY other developed nation and not have a tipping culture. Business should pay your wages. Tips shouldn’t be a thing.”
As per the US Federal law, an employees minimum wage for tip per hour is $2.13 and the law counts tips as part of one’s salary
Sharing her story with BuzzFeed, Aaliyah highlights the ignored reality of the service industry;
“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.
“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 added: “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.”