Aaliyah Cortez, a 20-year-old mother who works at a busy bar in Austin, TX, stirred up an interesting debate on the internet with her recent Tik-Tok video in which she showed viewers that her paycheck totals only $9.82 after working nearly 71 hours.
The video, uploaded in early 2020, has gathered hundreds of thousands of views, and has sparked conservations online about the importance of tipping and the need for a higher minumum wage.
While there is no “law” to tip services in America, it is generally standard to tip 15-20 percent of the bill. For higher-end establishments, you’d want to tip 25 percent or more and maybe an additional tip for the host/hostess.
These costs should be considered when budgeting for dining or drinking out, to keep people in business. Many people may grumble regarding tipping for bad/poor/slow service, but 10 percent is known as the code tip for “poor service”.
Perhaps Cortez’s TikTok can change the trend of low tips and low wages. Cortez shared that this check is not a rarity for her, and that most of her checks are laughable after years in this business.
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