This year has put a lot of spotlight on retail and food service workers. As they are claimed to be “essential” a lot of them are underpaid and overworked. As a lot of people find themselves needing 2nd and sometimes even a 3rd job to make ends meet. With the pandemic still on the rise, this is causing a lot of trouble for families. This mom has to share her $9 paycheck with her family after working over 70 hours. This alone should be ringing alarm bells inside everyone’s head.
Sharing A $9 Paycheck
You have to have a certain kind of mental fortitude to deal with this crisis. $9 dollars is clearly not enough for a whole family, let alone an individual. Aaliyah Cortez was hoping for a much larger paycheck after working over 70 hours for the week. Only to be extremely disappointed when finding out her paycheck was a mere $9 dollars. (1)
Posting on her TikTok, she reveals her hourly wage and just how much Medicare, Social Security, and other taxes took from her overall pay. Paired with the base pay of $2.13 an hour, her hourly wage was $150. Even though this might be a small sum, it still can provide a lot of help for her family. Instead, she is forced to decide what would be a wise investment or purchase with this money.
The way the system is set-up makes it extremely difficult for people working in retail and food service to save any money. People have to literally skip meals and basic necessities just to pay bills. Many other service workers resonate with Cortez on how unfair this existence is.
The Power Of Tips
Even though it’s a little extra cash out of the customers pocket, this goes a long way. Especially if you are ordering food online, it’s important to tip your drivers. Even then, some food delivery places take a cut of that money too. Cortez posted her concerns about fairness in the service industry.