I hate asking for tips but I need them as a minimum-wage worker. It feels so awkward to swivel the tip screen around to customers.

Fortesa Latifi, May 23, 2023

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with a service worker at a craft bar in Illinois. They asked not to be named to protect their job, but their employment has been confirmed by Insider. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

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