Marcus Lemonis is a self-made millionaire. You might remember him from his time on the popular CNBC TV show called The Profit. And he didn’t get rich by giving his money away. But when he met Tami Forbes, he was compelled to change his attitude. She was a pregnant mom of twins who worked 2 jobs to feed her family. And although she ran every aspect of the Key West Key Lime Pie Company as a manager, she earned only $300 per week. She was being worked to the bone – and as a pregnant mom with more kids at home, she simply did not have the energy to keep on going. That’s when Lemonis realized he had made a terrible mistake…
When Lemonis first met Tami in 2015, she had a pair of 8-year-old twins and was pregnant with her third child. She was in a horrible place financially because she needed to work constantly to keep food on the table.
Besides her day job as the pie shop manager, Tami also makes money as a bartender at night. She hardly sleeps and does everything she can to provide for her children. But as a pregnant woman, her energy reserves are nearing depletion. She simply has nothing left for herself. She is exhausted and feels broken by the cycle she is forced to endure.
When Lemonis comes to see the work Tami does at the Key West Key Lime Pie Company, he realizes that he has been a horrible boss. Instead of paying this working mom a livable wage, he has been shortchanging her all along. But now that he has a face behind the name, he knows he needs to do better.
As he comes to his senses, he tells Tami that he needs her at his shop. Without her, the place would fall into disrepair and bedlam. She is the key piece holding the key lime shop together.
He tells her that he needs a lot from her before she leaves on maternity leave. He decides to give her six months’ worth of pay because she is such a good worker and deserves the appreciation.
Besides giving her a lot of money, he offers her a promotion for when she comes back from maternity leave. He wants Tami to be fully in charge of the Key West location because she is the best manager he has ever had in his business. He knows he needs to treat her well or else she’ll take her skills to the guy down the street.
Then he gives her the one thing she has wanted all along. More money.
“I’m going to pay you $1,000 a week, so you don’t have to bartend,” Lemonis said. “I’m going to give you a check. It should be able to help you rest, take care of your baby. And when you come back, you’re going to bust somebody’s ass.”
The clip shared below went viral on YouTube. And as you’ve read so far, it is no wonder why. We all love to see a good person get what they deserve.
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