US worker Nicholas Sumners vents on his TikTok channel. Despite a comparatively high salary, he can barely afford to live.

Nicholas Sumners is an employee in the automotive industry. The American vented his frustration in a TikTok video in which he explained his financial situation. He is “unable to live” even though he earns three times the minimum wage. The video made waves online.

As the Daily Mail reported, despite earning an estimated $3,520 a month based on a 40-hour work week, Sumners cannot afford the basic necessities of life. He would struggle to make ends meet and couldn’t afford to live anywhere on his own. “The American dream is dead. It’s over. Forgotten and lost.”

In his video, which received over 11 million views and more than two million likes, Sumners criticized the high cost of living in the United States. He asked his viewers why rent and basic necessities were so expensive, rejecting arguments that you should just “pull yourself up and work 90 hours a week.”

Sumner was particularly critical of the political parties, which he accused of “fooling people”. He lamented the lack of resistance and the silence in society.

He pointed out that his parents lived alone at the same time, despite earning “less than half” of his current salary. With one- and two-room apartments for $1,800 and $2,200 (around €1,662 and €2,032 respectively), he wonders who can afford it.

According to the Daily Mail, inflation in the US was 3.5 percent in March, with high housing and gasoline costs driving up prices. In 15 major cities in the USA, an annual income of 100,000 dollars (around 92,344 euros) is only enough for the “lower middle class”.

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