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    What do you think of the idea of raising wages for fast food employees? On one hand, I can see a LOT of benefit to increasing the wages for these types of positions, even by an average of about $2 bucks. Namely, getting full-time workers off of public assistance, and also, making work more appealing to those who have given up. But on the other hand, if it's not fast food employees who are getting paid minimum wage...who is? Is raising the minimum wage a better option?

    This also raises the question: Should ANY full-time worker be in the situation where they need public assistance just to support themselves?
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    I think that people who work these tedious types of positions, working at fast food joints, cashiering at stores, and other such jobs, deserve a raise in pay. Considering many who take these types of jobs are college students trying to save up to move out on their own and to pay off college loans, it could help them be independent more quickly. I'm pretty sure that's all I have to say on the issue. I'm not getting into the discussion of those with many kids who take these jobs because that's all they can get.
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    Minimum wage is a joke and should be double what it actually is. If I were to work full-time at minimum wage, I would make less than $1200 a month after taxes. A basic apartment in my city averages about $650 a month for a one bedroom. Don't they say that a good rule of thumb is to not spend more than a third of your income on housing. The absolute cheapest apartments here still run $500 a month for a one bedroom, which makes it completely implausible to survive on one's own at a minimum wage job, fast food or not. Based on that little rule of thumb alone, the minimum wage would need to be at least $14 an hour, accounting for the fact that the average single person will pay 15% to 25% of their wages in taxes, depending on the state and city tax laws, in order to make a minimum wage job something a person could survive on without government assistance. Greensboro and NC have pretty high taxes and my average is 21 to 23%.

    Also, I think you are making assumptions, Melyssa. People refer to a lot of these workers as college students trying to make ends meet, but in the dozen or so jobs I've had, a very small percentage were college students. Many were college aged, but not students. However, most of these folks are either quite young or past middle-age.
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    I've worked as a cashier at three different places and only in the second one were there more middle-aged people than college-aged students. I don't know others' experiences, so I can only go on what I've experienced. Perhaps it depends what type of store it is or where you live. Many in my current job are students and a fair number at my first were fresh out of high school, some looking for colleges.
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    I worked as a cashier for Walmart when I was in high school before moving over to being a pharmacy tech after I turned 18. The cashiers are not paid NEARLY enough for some of the things they go through. Even after being with that company for 5 years and being a lead pharmacy tech, I still didn't make much more than when I started as a cashier. However, I had, and still have for that matter, a drive to better myself. Many of the cashiers I worked with were rather lazy and never took any steps to make their lives progress. However, it is my opinion that Walmart is a whole different beast when it comes to their employees. I have never had any other job where I felt so small as with that job. Just my opinion though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashwil View Post
    I worked as a cashier for Walmart when I was in high school before moving over to being a pharmacy tech after I turned 18. The cashiers are not paid NEARLY enough for some of the things they go through. Even after being with that company for 5 years and being a lead pharmacy tech, I still didn't make much more than when I started as a cashier. However, I had, and still have for that matter, a drive to better myself. Many of the cashiers I worked with were rather lazy and never took any steps to make their lives progress. However, it is my opinion that Walmart is a whole different beast when it comes to their employees. I have never had any other job where I felt so small as with that job. Just my opinion though.
    I've been working at my current job for three years (out for 11 months with a work-related injury) and I barely make $8/hour. I don't understand why some of the other cashiers even care about the store anymore. When it comes to these types of jobs, not only do good deeds never stand out, they are never even noticed, and the slightest mess-up can get you written up. It's bogus and thankless. You can even go out of your way to help an elderly customer and then get in trouble for holding up the line. But if you hadn't helped that customer, they would have held up the line even more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTO13 View Post
    Fast food jobs and those similar deserve minimum wage. They DESERVE a low minimum wage. Why? Simple. It is a job that requires damn near zero training or skill. You can take anyone off the street and in 5 minutes, their working fairly effectively at that job and the job is very safe. By safe I mean their is no personal safety risks or anything that defines that position as even remotely hazardess. This means anyone can do it and the people market for doing a no skill job is pretty large. It's basically everyone. If you want to position yourself where anyone can take your job, have at it. You deserve a low wage. If you want to make more dinero, get a skill or education and invest in yourself to better yourself. Thinking that every job, no matter what it is, deserves to afford that person a good living is ridiculous.
    Boy, is this ever a terribly wrong generalization. I was paid $2.33/hour working in a restaurant; our boss told us that to get a raise, we needed to "smile more". In those two years, I injured myself twice. In other minimum-wage jobs I've held, I was burnt and cut several times. I also suffered back injury. I'm not blaming the company at all, but the work I (and my coworkers did) was not safe. Several of my coworkers had to go to the hospital for serious 3rd degree burns and deep cuts (requiring stiches). I now make ~$30 per hour to privately train professionals (doctors, salesmen, directors, etc) in English, for Cambridge exams, business English, etc. I have been doing this work for over three years now, and have never once hurt myself. Yes, it's easier to find people who are able to serve in a restaurant than to do what I do now, but to say that unskilled labor is safer than skilled labor is absurd. It's actually usually the minimum-wage jobs that are more likely to be risky.

    And you didn't answer my question: "what do you do for work? What's your career path? And have you ever worked for minimum wage? In what context?"
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    Wishomie always skirts around such questions. He'd hate to admit he works at McD's or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llamas View Post
    Boy, is this ever a terribly wrong generalization. I was paid $2.33/hour working in a restaurant; our boss told us that to get a raise, we needed to "smile more". In those two years, I injured myself twice. In other minimum-wage jobs I've held, I was burnt and cut several times. I also suffered back injury. I'm not blaming the company at all, but the work I (and my coworkers did) was not safe. Several of my coworkers had to go to the hospital for serious 3rd degree burns and deep cuts (requiring stiches). I now make ~$30 per hour to privately train professionals (doctors, salesmen, directors, etc) in English, for Cambridge exams, business English, etc. I have been doing this work for over three years now, and have never once hurt myself. Yes, it's easier to find people who are able to serve in a restaurant than to do what I do now, but to say that unskilled labor is safer than skilled labor is absurd. It's actually usually the minimum-wage jobs that are more likely to be risky.

    And you didn't answer my question: "what do you do for work? What's your career path? And have you ever worked for minimum wage? In what context?"
    As a general rule, minimum wage jobs are not dangerous positions worthy of extra pay. Sometimes, now just sometimes, minimum wage employees ain't the brightest bulbs either. They may get hurt from time to time. It's OK...they are replaceable. You can get hurt making mud pies or using a curling iron.

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    I don't know what I think about this. On one hand, I really hate any business that pays its employees minimum wage because it's like saying, "I'd pay you less if I legally could. I think your work is worthless." However, minimum wage in the US is a LOT higher than it is in Slovenia (I think min wage here is around 3 or 4), but rent is just as expensive. I have a one-bedroom apartment, with utilities, it's about 600 a month. And it's next to impossible to find a 1br in Ljubljana for less than that. Yet people here still make it work. I think the min. wage here is awful and SERIOUSLY needs to be raised, but sometimes I just think we Americans can be so spoiled. Most Slovenes earning min wage would look at $1200 a month and their eyes would get huge and say, "I'd kill for that." I think the cost of housing is very similar between here and the US; food is cheaper here, but transportation is more expensive. Everything else is an optional choice in life.

    So I don't know where I stand. On one hand, I think Americans could learn to live within their means a bit better because we're spoiled bitches. On the other hand, CEOs and directors don't earn NEARLY as much in Slovenia as in the US, due to taxes - they pay back into a system much more, which benefits the poor. It DOES really bother me how little minimum wage is, and I think it's sick that employers can get away with paying their slaves that.
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