This is an important question. I saw this article on Gawker about a female redditor who posted how much she made working a double shift as a stripper. Homegirl, is an engineering student and given the state of the economy, I have to respect the hustle. She posted a picture of $3345 from ONE NIGHT of twerkin’. “From now on when people ask me why I’m a stripper, I’m just going to show them this picture,” the user, who goes by Menagerii, wrote.
I am going to tell you how much I owe in student loans, somewhere between $80,000 and $90,000. LOL. Thanks NYU! (I am nowhere near close to being 1%, my mom is on disability and my dad is a security guard.) Stripping sounds like a perfectly viable option until I think of all the weird old dudes, obnoxious frat guys, and rappers who would want to touch my butt. 😐
Then I got to thinking, would there be less “shame” (or at least creepiness) in working at McDonald’s to pay off my loans instead? I’d be making significantly less money. The minimum wage in NYC is $7.25 which by no means covers the cost of living. The average rent of a 1 bedroom in New York City – drum roll, please! – is $2568. American Dollars!
According to Menagerii, after working one shift she typically makes between $500 and $1500 a night. That ain’t bad. That’s an average of $1,000 a night which is $5,000 a week.
If I worked at McDonalds full-time (40 hours a week at $7.25) that’s $290 a week. Yikes. That’s before taxes.
If I worked at McDonald’s I’d have a lot less weird conversations with my parents and strange dudes but a lot less money. If I worked as a stripper I’d have a lot more money and perhaps need a lot more therapy, personally.