Living off tips is scary. You never know if your going to make enough money in one shift to put gas in your car, food on the table, pay one of the many bills you owe. And forget about being able to go see family that live out of state. I’m trying to go to school so I can get a degree, a career, better my future. But I can’t do that on serving alone. I don’t even make enough to pay rent on time, I could never afford the tuition payment even for the community college. At one point I was working 3 jobs just to make ends meet. I was exhausted and stressed every day. The fact that minimum wage is $2.13/hr is depressing. What if we started paying everyone $2.13 – how many people do you think could survive on this?!