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Waffle House Waitress Says She Earns $40/hr Working Weekends in Viral TikTok Series

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Nov. 21 2022, Updated 9:48 a.m. ET

A TikToker by the name of Maya who uploads under the handle @smallbutfit posts a lot of fitness and workout content on the popular social media platform, but she also has a series of videos that delineate what she makes in a day while working part-time at Waffle House, and folks are shocked by her take home for a 7-hour weekend shift at the popular breakfast food chain.

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A recent clip of hers went viral. In it she writes, "Wow, OK y'all. What's up, TikTok? Welcome back to another 'what I make in a day as a Waffle House waitress.' They worked your girl today...they worked me today. But it's all good, because I feel like we did pretty..." at this point in the clip she begins to take out money from her pockets.

"All right, so it's Sunday. It's 3:16. I got off probably like 30-45 minutes ago, but I'mma straighten this up and we're gonna do a count." The video then cuts to a sped-up sequence of her organizing her bills.

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Source: TikTok | @smallbutfit

"All right, we back in real time. All right, so again, if you're new here, I work Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 7-2. Um, I train during the week, so I only work on weekends, but yeah." She then begins to quickly count the bills in her hand.

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Source: TikTok | @smallbutfit

She said that she was able to pull in $343 dollars in tips for one 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift, and the previous day she earned $258. She adds that she left early on Friday because she wasn't scheduled but she went in anyway "for like two hours" and walked out with $45 as a result.

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Source: TikTok | @smallbutfit

She called the take-home a "solid freaking weekend, honestly." When you divide the amount she earned in tips, which was $646, by the number of total hours she put in —16 — she walked away with an average hourly wage of $40.37.

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Source: TikTok | @smallbutfit

Several viewers of Maya's TikTok remarked that they also worked at Waffle House and also felt being employed by the franchise was a financially viable experience.

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waffle house make in a day tiktok
Source: TikTok | @smallbutfit

Others even remarked that the company offers a stock buy-in program for employees who stay for at least a year, while some said that the job was a lifesaver, helping them pay for cosmetology school or covering their costs as a single mom.

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waffle house make in a day tiktok
Source: TikTok | @smallbutfit

Some TikTokers said they always tip more at Waffle House because they've encountered exceptional service at the chain, which is something Maya says she's heard from several customers herself.

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waffle house make in a day tiktok
Source: TikTok | @smallbutfit

But some TikTokers cautioned against revealing how much money she's making online in case "Uncle Sam" takes a gander and finds some discrepancies in her reporting.

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waffle house make in a day tiktok
Source: TikTok | @smallbutfit

For the most part, however, folks were impressed by how much she was raking in as a Waffle House waitress. In the comments section, Maya says that some days she earns more than that and some days less, but all in all she's able to secure a fairly decent average payout for a shift.

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waffle house make in a day tiktok
Source: TikTok | @smallbutfit

Were you surprised to see how much Maya was earning as a waitress at Waffle House? Have you ever worked there? What have your experiences been like?

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