Will fast-food protests spur higher m...

Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

There are 711 comments on the Northern Michigan News story from Aug 5, 2013, titled Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?. In it, Northern Michigan News reports that:

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City - one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant - but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car.

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Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#71 Aug 6, 2013
Mcdonalds, Burger King, Wendy's all have surly employees that hate being there, and are rude and never smile. chick Fila has happy people, they smile, take your order,look you in the eye, smile some more, and cheerfully deal with you. My guess is, they pay a little more than the others, plus they don't seem to recruit at the same slums as the others.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#72 Aug 6, 2013
Eleanor wrote:
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Perhaps, then, it is the objective of the government to get more ABLE BODIED persons to enlist in the military.
Pay is better than minimum; training is free; even education is free AFTER serving one's country.
Instead of wallowing in dead-end minimum wage jobs, people should be considering a career in the Armed Services!!
Many have already improved their lives in serving their country.
But then there are others who would rather sit back and just complain that life just isn't giving them enough in return for their efforts.
Actually the military is turning away thousands of people every day because they already have all the people they need.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#73 Aug 6, 2013
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
Fast food employees deserve a livable wage. These companies make profits huge enough to sustain current prices to consumers. Even if prices increase, people who consume this edible garbage will remain addicted to it.
How do you define a "livable wage"?

What's a "livable wage" to one person may be considered poverty wages to another.

Are your really na´ve enough to believe that companies & CEOs will take a pay cut and less profit just because they are forced by law to raise the wage they pay their workers?

C'mon, either prices of their products will rise, or they will simply hire less people and require them to do more work.

The bigwigs will get their profit one way or the other. In fact, we've seen REPEATED examples of them bankrupting their own company just to maintain their own profits & wealth.

Since: Aug 13

Overland Park, KS

#74 Aug 6, 2013
Eighthman wrote:
Lower gasoline prices.
Stop this insanity.
Tell the Koch brothers to stop hording oil offshore.

Since: Aug 13

Overland Park, KS

#75 Aug 6, 2013
McDoogles wrote:
<quoted text>The vast majority of fast food employees are rude idiots anyway. They cant even count out correct change. Those jobs were never meant to be career choices. But hey....I worked them as a teenager....and quickly found there I didnt want to do that for the rest of my life. If I had a business which required unskilled help that Id pay them for what they were worth. On the other hand....I would bypass them..pay just a tad more and actually get somebody with an education, knowing this was a stepping stone for them. But that would be racist bigoted or somethign right????
"The vast majority of fast food employees are rude idiots...They can't even count change... I worked there as a teenager." Explains a lot, thanks.

Since: Aug 13

Overland Park, KS

#76 Aug 6, 2013
justthetruth wrote:
Most economists support raising the minimum wage because one, it has not kept up with inflation, and two, it gives people more buying power which helps stimulate the economy. It just makes economic sense.
Truth, you nailed it. However, I doubt that most on this site who probably work for minimum wages will understand or agree with you.
They would prefer to blame President Obama.

Since: Aug 13

Overland Park, KS

#77 Aug 6, 2013
SIR LANCELOT wrote:
The libtards wont be satisfied until a extra value meal cost $50.00.
Raising the minimum wage to $11.00\hr will raise the price of a big mac 68 cents. Will that break you big spender?

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

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#78 Aug 6, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
Mcdonalds, Burger King, Wendy's all have surly employees that hate being there, and are rude and never smile. chick Fila has happy people, they smile, take your order,look you in the eye, smile some more, and cheerfully deal with you. My guess is, they pay a little more than the others, plus they don't seem to recruit at the same slums as the others.
If I worked at McDonalds, Burger King, or Wendy's, I wouldn't smile much either. If you paid me a livable wage, I'd grin from ear to ear.

Actually, I think I just made your case for you.
Nelly Takeshi

Berlin, Germany

#79 Aug 6, 2013
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Cat74

United States

#80 Aug 6, 2013
If I am going to pay these people $15. an hour I want them to have a college degree. The joker who cannot afford shoes for h is children? Get another job. Flipping burgers is for entry level Job training.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#81 Aug 6, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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How do you define a "livable wage"?
What's a "livable wage" to one person may be considered poverty wages to another.
Are your really na´ve enough to believe that companies & CEOs will take a pay cut and less profit just because they are forced by law to raise the wage they pay their workers?
C'mon, either prices of their products will rise, or they will simply hire less people and require them to do more work.
The bigwigs will get their profit one way or the other. In fact, we've seen REPEATED examples of them bankrupting their own company just to maintain their own profits & wealth.
As I see it, a livable wage, at a bare minimum, is a wage, working full time, that puts one above the poverty line. Add to that health benefits, paid vacation, etc. Fairer still would be a wage that allows a family a few of life's pleasures.

Of course, increases in wages would probably be passed along to consumers. This could result in a better deal for employees, and fewer people ingesting the health-robbing junk they serve. A win-win in my book.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#82 Aug 6, 2013
Ilkwas wrote:
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"The vast majority of fast food employees are rude idiots...They can't even count change... I worked there as a teenager." Explains a lot, thanks.
Since I have raised two young boys, I have found myself in these poison palaces more often than I would have liked.(Yes, sometimes I lost the battle.) In no instance can I recall being treated rudely by an employee.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#83 Aug 6, 2013
Lamer wrote:
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Yeah, join the armed services; where you can risk your life for a bunch of ungrateful people whom are only going to pull those "benefits" right out from under you after you complete your part of the contracts.
GI Bill? It wont be here much longer with the rising cost of education. Health Benefits? Go talk to the VA for that one...you have aprox a 4 year wait. Physchiatric treatment coming back from a war zone? You dont need that! Your just fine!
The way vets are treated in this country is disgusting. There is a reason why they have trouble recruiting.
Actually the military has no trouble recruiting at all because there are still many patriots in this country who know our freedoms need to be defended.

And in spite of those significant problem you mentioned, many people still realize the military is an excellent deal for most service members, financially & medically & psychologically.

That's why the military has met their recruiting goals every year and turns away thousands of more people who want to join up.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#84 Aug 6, 2013
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>If I worked at McDonalds, Burger King, or Wendy's, I wouldn't smile much either. If you paid me a livable wage, I'd grin from ear to ear.
Actually, I think I just made your case for you.
stop doing that, I prefer to make my own cases.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#85 Aug 6, 2013
justthetruth wrote:
Most economists support raising the minimum wage because one, it has not kept up with inflation, and two, it gives people more buying power which helps stimulate the economy. It just makes economic sense.
If raising the minimum wage makes so much economic sense, wouldn't businesses have figured out long ago that paying their employees higher wages results in more money to be spent on the very products they sell?

Why not make the minimum wage $1 million/yr, that way EVERYONE would be a millionaire and could spend all that money and stimulate the economy?

Gee, I wonder how much a burger & fries would cost then.....

Let the free market figure it out. I don't want the govt dictating a minimum wage anymore than I want them dictating a MAXIMUM wage.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#86 Aug 6, 2013
Ilkwas wrote:
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Raising the minimum wage to $11.00\hr will raise the price of a big mac 68 cents. Will that break you big spender?
How did you come up with that number?
serfs up

Ormond Beach, FL

#87 Aug 6, 2013
If the military is meeting its recruitment goals during war time, it is because the economy is ph uked up.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#88 Aug 6, 2013
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>As I see it, a livable wage, at a bare minimum, is a wage, working full time, that puts one above the poverty line. Add to that health benefits, paid vacation, etc. Fairer still would be a wage that allows a family a few of life's pleasures.
Of course, increases in wages would probably be passed along to consumers. This could result in a better deal for employees, and fewer people ingesting the health-robbing junk they serve. A win-win in my book.
So you can't really define "living wage"; don't feel bad, no one else can either, which is why everyone is in disagreement. Adding in a few of "life's pleasures" makes it even more ambiguous. The poverty level is an arbitrary number the govt comes up with. To be meaningful it would have to be different for every state/city/locality because the cost of living varies so much from place to place.

Though I agree fast-food is horrible for you, if fewer people are consuming their product, that means fewer workers will be needed, which means someone is getting fired, which is NOT exactly a better deal for employees.

Let the free market work it out.

The govt shouldn't be dictating a minimum wage any more than they should be dictating a maximum wage.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#89 Aug 6, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
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stop doing that, I prefer to make my own cases.
Mine sell for less.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#90 Aug 6, 2013
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>Since I have raised two young boys, I have found myself in these poison palaces more often than I would have liked.(Yes, sometimes I lost the battle.) In no instance can I recall being treated rudely by an employee.
Really?

You call them "poison palaces" and yet let your kids talk you into taking them their?

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