Hooters waitress shows how much she makes in tips during a normal workday: ‘I’m working at the wrong restaurant’

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A Hooters waitress is going viral after breaking down her daily earnings in tips.

TikToker Leah Fennelly (@leah_fennelly) shared the info during a video posted in late March. According to her page, Fennelly works at Hooters in addition to attending law school, and she often posts revealing details about the job.

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Her video about tips, however, was particularly popular. In the clip, which now has over 10 million views, Fennelly counted her tips in the course of a normal Thursday at work.

The clip is similar to recent TikToks from other restaurant employees.

In another viral video, a 20-year-old Waffle House worker surprised many viewers by sharing how much she makes at her job. Before that, a waitress went viral after asking her coworkers to share their biggest on-the-job “pet peeves.”

Fennelly’s video drew similar praise for its transparency.

In the TikTok, Fennelly counts her tips during an eight-hour shift.

Most of her tips are in the single digits, but she gets a few big boosts — including a regular who paid her $100 on Cash App after sitting at her table for “so long.”

When it was all said and done, Fennelly made $382 in tips. Many commenters were impressed by the waitress’s reaction to her earnings.

“It’s so refreshing to see you being so grateful even for the not so large tips,” one user wrote.

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“The ONLY person i seen that appreciates little tips no matter what,” another added.

Fennelly wrote in the comments that customers typically tip less during lunch, and that she often makes more during later shifts. However, as some users pointed out, $382 is still a pretty good haul.

“You guys keep saying so little money but she literally made $42 an hour for an 8 hour shift…” one user wrote.

"I'm working at the wrong restaurant," another agreed.

The video also sparked a debate about tipping culture in America. It’s a common theme on TikTok, as videos like Fennelly’s give users from outside the U.S. insight into the system.

“In the UK those tips would be 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 (and some change),” one user wrote.

Earlier this year, another waitress spurred a similar debate after revealing that a customer had asked for her number — after leaving a $0 tip. Before that, a group of restaurant customers drew mixed reviews after filming themselves trying to tip with an Amazon gift card.

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