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‘Like girl how u expect me to pay rent with $2.13’: Worker moves from California to Texas, puts wage difference on blast

'HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE???'

 

Braden Bjella

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 5, 2022

While the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is just $2.13 an hour, the actual amount tipped employees are paid by their employer varies wildly from state to state. In Arizona, for example, tipped employees can expect at least $9.80 an hour from their employer. In California, the numbers are even higher; depending on the size of the business, tipped workers earn a minimum of $14 or $15 from their employer in addition to their tips.

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However, as a TikTok user recently discovered, some states still follow the federal minimum wage.

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In a video with over 129,000 views, Kyleigh Rodriguez (@rose_kyleigh19) claims that moving from California to Texas caused her $15 an hour minimum wage to drop to just $2.13, which she earns in addition to tips.

“Like girl how u expect me to pay rent with $2.13,” she questioned in the video’s caption.

@rose_kyleigh19 Like girl how u expect me to pay rent with $2.13 😭 #texas #california #wtf #tips #fypシ #foryou #viral ♬ original sound – poppy 🫂🫶🏼
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In the comments section, Rodriguez said she did not have a say in the moving process and is currently stuck in a rural area where higher-paying jobs are difficult to find. As soon as she is able to move from the area and find better-paying jobs, she said she plans to do so.

Still, she finds herself surprised by the wage difference that moving a few states over can make.

“How’[d] I go from making over $1000 every 2 weeks to [barely] making that in a month?” Rodriguez asked.

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Many who similarly moved to Texas from another state shared in her surprise.

“Biggest shock to me from being a server in California to a server in texas,” wrote one user.

“No Fr tho, I moved Michigan to Texas and it was $15/hr to $8/hr,” added another.

“ME TOO LIKE HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE???” questioned a third.

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Some users claimed that the cost of living difference should make up for the pay difference.

“Yeah because it costs a lot more to live in cali…so it’s basically the same pay,” claimed a commenter.

“Cost of living is not as much as it is in California,” agreed a second.

However, Rodriguez and others were quick to note that prices in Texas are increasing rapidly.

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“Rents ab the same here where I’m at rn as it was in Bakersfield ca,” Rodriguez wrote. “It just don’t make sense to me.”

Texas rental prices are increasing state-wide at an alarming rate.

“According to Rent.com’s July report, the average rent in Texas for a one-bedroom went up just over 30% between 2020 and 2021,” Charlotte Scott reported for Spectrum News 1. “In Austin, rent skyrocketed more than 108% year-over-year.”

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Furthermore, the article noted that Texas has no rent control laws, meaning that rental prices are subject to dramatic increases at the whim of a landlord. This means that, while an area may be cheaper now, rental prices may not stay low for long.

The Daily Dot reached out to the TikToker via TikTok comment.

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*First Published: Oct 5, 2022, 8:54 am CDT