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My name is Kirstan, I’m 20 years old and I’ve been a server for 2 years. I am a single mother of a 2 year old disabled daughter with Down’s Syndrome. I make $3.62 in the state of Missouri. Living off tips has been a struggle for our family. Affording my daughters therapy, rent, babysitter, and putting food on our table. I don’t know what my income is going to be within the month, I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford rent, or her therapy. Living off tips has forced me to work at least 10 hours most days, leaving no time to spend with my daughter. I support raising the minimum for servers because I believe it should be just like any other job. We work hard, we should get paid just like anyone else. Tipping should be an option for people, not expected.

Living off tips is a struggle.