I don't know what kind of restaurant you were working at, but it certainly wan't an Applebees. Yea I realize that servers aren't the only people getting a cut of those tips, I have about twenty years in the service industry. I spent about four soul crushing years FOH/BOH/trainer/occasional new store opener, in multiple states at a restaurant along Applebees lines. It wasn't the best money, but it wasn't bad, it certainly was more then ten dollars and hour.
This girl is either full of shit on the nine dollars an hour or she was a horrible server. I don't know what kind of place you had stealing your money and calling itself your job, but it certainly wasn't a painfully efficient well run operations like an Applebees.