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    Fast food workers going on strike





    Word of advice. Get the damn corn rolls off your head and make yourself a bit more presentable. Find out what it is you're good at, learn a trade or find a better paying job. (Which by the way 95% of jobs pay more than minimum wage) Make your own luck and apply yourself to making your life better. Because if you think flipping burgers should pay for everything you want. Then you don't understand the way things work. Granted there are rich fat cat bankers and corporations that skewed everything, with the help of government. But people flipping burgers has NEVER been a good career choice since that asteroid killed those dinosaurs.





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    Did anyone else have teachers and family members that rode their ass to do well in school so that you didn't end up flipping burgers or digging ditches? That job was designed as a part-time supplement to someone's life like a teenager or retired person. It was never intended to support someone full time. Also, how is it that this person has worked there long enough to strike but hasn't achieved a wage above bare minimum? Sounds like a BS set up to me. If she was worth a crap, she could easily go elsewhere and make way more than minimum wage.

    The cafeteria ladies at our hospital make $10.50-15/hour depending on their experience. However, they are constantly threatening to go back to one of the fast food restaurants because they can do less work and make the same or more money with their experience. I call Bull ****!

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    Someone is always going to have to work those jobs. There aren't infinite jobs around to those with degrees. Some people have to bite the bullet and work a **** ass job for a few weeks or months in order to support their family if they get laid off. No one should have to work for that little. Ever. If you can't pay your bills with the wages you're making, and it's considered industry standard, there is something wrong with the standard...

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    Did it occur to anyone else that she said she works full time at $7.25 and only brings home $120 a week? That works out to about 16.5 hours worked...you know she isn't paying taxes! Maybe she meant that was her net after FICA, hair care products, weed, and several buckets of Church's Chicken.

    Ok, that was uncharacteristically mean. Funny, but mean. I do apologize!

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    prices are still going up regardless of what minimum wage is. you raise min wage, and people who benefit are going to spend that extra money. the economy is going to win in the end if people are making and spending more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    Someone is always going to have to work those jobs. There aren't infinite jobs around to those with degrees. Some people have to bite the bullet and work a **** ass job for a few weeks or months in order to support their family if they get laid off. No one should have to work for that little. Ever. If you can't pay your bills with the wages you're making, and it's considered industry standard, there is something wrong with the standard...
    I have a friend that owns a McDonalds and I believe he starts all of his employees at more than minimum wage. Also, you reiterated my point that most fast food jobs are transient, not permanent. If someone is worth a crap, they absolutely will not make minimum wage long. Furthermore, almost all jobs start above minimum wage, especially if you have any type of experience our a degree. The minimum wage argument is a distraction and is BS...practically no one makes minimum wage.

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    These poors better get their butts back into McDonalds so I can buy my sweet tea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    I have a friend that owns a McDonalds and I believe he starts all of his employees at more than minimum wage. Also, you reiterated my point that most fast food jobs are transient, not permanent. If someone is worth a crap, they absolutely will not make minimum wage long. Furthermore, almost all jobs start above minimum wage, especially if you have any type of experience our a degree. The minimum wage argument is a distraction and is BS...practically no one makes minimum wage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    Did it occur to anyone else that she said she works full time at $7.25 and only brings home $120 a week? That works out to about 16.5 hours worked...you know she isn't paying taxes! Maybe she meant that was her net after FICA, hair care products, weed, and several buckets of Church's Chicken.

    Ok, that was uncharacteristically mean. Funny, but mean. I do apologize!
    I know you well enough to know better but that didn't come off well.

    I make 8.25$ an hour working part-time in the backroom at Sears. It's a criminal wage in my opinion given the type of work we do and the frequency with which we put our body in harms way, but I'm putting up with it for now until I find something else. I also only work about 17 hours a week (they don't generally assign more hours than that for people at my position unless it's the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas), so I don't doubt that she'd like the opportunity to work more hours if they were afforded to her. Almost everyone I work with has some other type of 2nd job which also only wants to give them about 15 hours a week.

    Now, to your point, I'm only doing this while I work through college, but I'll also say that at 23 I'm the youngest guy there, so not everyone who works at or near minimum wage is a teenager or retiree. We have a few dude's who've been working here for years and make less than 10$ an hour. We also have low employee-retention at my position because it's the hardest job in the store and we get paid the least. Most people get fed up within a few months (like I am now); which in turn consistently affects the store's performance.

    Generally speaking, though, I don't really understand the indigence that inevitably appears whenever the subject of the minimum wage being higher is broached. I struggle to understand exactly how they feel it affects them. Is it a status thing? Do the people who make, say, 15-20$ an hour feel like their being cheated if the poors who make 7.25 get an extra dollar or two? I'm not sure.

    I'm with Wildbill. You know who spends the largest percentage of their income? Poor people. You give it to them and they'll give it right back to you. Rising tide lifts all boats. These aren't people asking for hand-outs, either. They just want a living wage.
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