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I am 23 years old, and I’ve been working in the restaurant industry for 7 years. Last week, I worked a 30 hour week and walked away with $22.90 in my hourly paycheck. That’s maybe enough to buy myself a gallon of milk, some eggs and a couple gallons of gas so I can make it to work the next day. It’s nearly impossible to support yourself when you make $2.89 an hour because you are so dependent on tips and that part of your wage isn’t guaranteed. Working in the diner, some weekdays are really slow and I’ll come home from a full day of work with $30-$40 in my pocket. I struggle to make my student loan payments every month while I’m also saving to finish my degree. I had to move back home because I couldn’t afford to live on my own. I’ve been working at West Side Diner for over a year and recently I picked up a second job at night to try and fill some of the gaps in my pay. I eventually had to quit my second job because working in the diner and doing a dinner shift in another restaurant left me exhausted and with little to no time to spend with my friends and family. Servers work hard every day to put food on our customers’ tables and give people a good experience when they’re out to eat, but many of the people we serve don’t know how difficult our own experiences are or how we might not be able to buy food that week because they didn’t tip us. One Fair Wage would mean we could budget for our lives based on something sustainable and not be at the mercy of a fluctuating wage.

It’s nearly impossible to support yourself when you make $2.89 an hour because you are so dependent on tips and that part of your wage isn’t guaranteed. Servers work hard every day to put food on our customers’ tables and give people a good experience when they’re out to eat, but many of the people we serve don’t know how difficult our own experiences are or how we might not be able to buy food that week because they didn’t tip us. One Fair Wage would mean we could budget for our lives based on something sustainable and not be at the mercy of a fluctuating wage.