Low-Wage America: Working at TJ's Restaurant In the first of a series of reports on single working mothers in Maine, NPR's Noah Adams visits TJ's restaurant in Auburn for a conversation with two waitresses, Tammy Ogden and Deborah Simpson, and a dishwasher, Rebecca Brown. The wait staff are paid $3.18 an hour, half of Maine's minimum wage, plus tips. They like the spilt shift work, which allows them to spend time with their youngsters in the late afternoon. Simpson now works just half of the year at TJ's, so she can serve in the Maine House of Representatives, which pays $9,000 and provides health insurance. As a lawmaker, Simpson was able to vote for her own waitress pay raise when Maine increased its minimum wage.