Oh What a “Horrible” Night
As the days get hotter underneath the Arizona sun, the strip club patrons seem to vanish. This leaves a surplus of girls working 2 or 3 extra nights to make the same dollar amount that they made during “season.” I have to chuckle, I pretty much work the same shifts every week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Occasionally I have to swap a Monday or Thursday, but I’m pretty consistent. My clients know when they can drop in to see me, and they also know they really have to entice me to drive downtown on a Sunday.
So, as I was taking off the rhinestones and stilettos, I overheard on of my co-workers moaning “This sucks, I ONLY made $200 after tip out.” I glance up at Toni* and roll my eyes. Miss PrimaDonna never shows up til 10pm, usually doesn’t start working the floor until 11-ish and is actually expecting to cover the $90 mandatory fees for starting the shift after 10 plus tips to the floormen in about 4 hours on a Wednesday in May.
Now, of course it is theoretically possible to make $1200 in 4 hours at Christie’s Cabaret. Many girls schedule VIP appointments to start at 10 and last until close. But to just walk into the club and work the floor, it is not likely to happen.
So, I had to break down the simple math for my financially challenged “friend.”
Even at a measly $200 per 4 hour shift, that is $50 per hour. A wage that she is unlikely to receive when applying for a job in the “real” world.
Suppose this dancer only made $200 per shift all the time. If she worked 5 days a week, like most jobs require that is $1000 per week. In the stripper world, we shake our heads and think “Wow, what a crappy week!”
But that is equivalent to $50,000 per year with two weeks vacation. And that is CASH IN HAND. No income taxes withheld!
A single person in the 28% tax bracket would have to earn $70,000 a year to have $50,000 after taxes.
Who makes 70K a year?
Teachers with a master’s degree and 15 years of experience in some states. It takes a long time to get that high on the pay scale.
Senior Accountants that have completed degree program and extensive licensing requirements. Requires passing Algebra.
Engineers: Civil, Aerospace, Mechanical. Also requires passing algebra… and calculus. Even then, 70K is the top range of the pay scale.
Entry level attorneys after passing the Bar…and law school.
Sales Representatives that exceeded their sales quota and recieved commission. Requires more than 4 hours a day.
Hmmmmm…I guess it wasn’t that bad of a night after all.
*All names have been changed to protect the innocent
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