Walmart, Northern VA
When I started at a Walmart in Northern Virginia, I didn’t realize that my low wages, along with few and erratic hours, wouldn’t be enough to pay my bills. Even three raises later, I’m still making just $9.00 an hour as a cashier. I love working with customers, but my hours change so much that I’m forced to turn to the government to help me cover my rent and childcare for my two young children.
I want full-time hours and have asked many times for more, but my schedule remains all over the place and my hours are inconsistent. Some weeks I work 36 or 26 hours, while other weeks it is as few as 18, which means my take-home pay is less than $200 each week. With too few hours, I struggle to cover the basics, let alone diapers and clothes for my fast-growing toddlers.
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