What Happens to The Dollar Menu, When Minimum Wage Goes to $15.00 an Hour?

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32 thoughts on “What Happens to The Dollar Menu, When Minimum Wage Goes to $15.00 an Hour?

  1. What happens if minimum wage doesn’t go up but, the cost of housing does? People can still eat garbage from the fast food trough but, they will all be homeless. Wages aren’t matching inflation. The Fed just raised interest rates but, I didn’t see any of get applied to my savings or checking account.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      That’s the problem Victoria. First they took all the gold and silver and issued us notes. Ever since then, money has been an issue.

      Yet, they never want to admit they are wrong. So, they make the rich evil and the poor beyond reproach.

      Raising the minimum wage will do nothing but more damage. Why doesn’t the government just stay closed and out of everybody’s business.

      I have heard of McDonald’s going to kiosks, in the cities and states that are mandating a $15.00 minimum.

      Seattle hasn’t faired well since they made $15.00 minimum a law.

      Everyone thinks that more money will solve everything.

      Have we learned nothing from the “War on Poverty” since the 1960’s? Of what about all the money that was spent on the “War on Drugs”? Zero return, actually we are worse off for it.

      1. We have touched on this, before. I had an easier time supporting myself in the 80s at $3.35 an hour than today. Inflation wasn’t through the damn roof.

        The minimum wage is stuck @ 7.25. Housing & food have continued to rise. Wages have not. And, this idea that higher wages will kill businesses is a fat lie. Six corporations own 95% of all the news and entertainment on the planet. Five own 95% of the food. They will not suffer.

        I understand the tenets of capitalism but, we are not operating in a perfect bubble. The cronies, with the help of government, are destroying the economy. In 1984, housing was under $100,000. Now, it’s around $350,000. And, since 1984, the wages have only moved from $3.35 to $7.25?

        The last time this country had a fair wage in line with the cost of living was 1968. My parents had more than I have ever had.

        And, what would you be doing if you didn’t have a comfortable, lifetime, government stipend in your back pocket.

        The industry is using the created fear to keep wages low so their profits will be high. This isn’t the US of yesteryear where a man can get a job and make something of himself from humble beginnings with a little elbow grease. How does one make a life, now, @ 7.25 an hour with college degrees costing $50,000+, cars upwards of $45,000 and houses @ $350,000? Nevermind good food (non-gmo, non-pesticide laden food)… Please show me the math where that works out.

        Yes. We were purposefully pulled out of bi-metalism, first. Then, FDR made gold possession illegal & tried to confiscate all the gold from the people. Then, Nixon took us off Bretton-Woods and we have been spiraling ever since. All by design…

        And, you think an honest man can make an honest living, now? Coffee, please wake up. I love you, brother but, I want to slap you right now. ❤

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Exactly Victoria, government intervention and meddling is what got us here in the first place. What will more government intervention and meddling do besides create more chaos?

          If a private business wants to offer more compensation and benefits then more power to them. But the government dictating more of our rights away will continue the spiral into obscurity.

          As far as the slap goes Victoria, don’t threaten me with a good time!!! I enjoy the pleasure that comes with pain!!!

          “It hurts sooooo good”!

          1. Well…government is the one that sets minimum wage. Government took the gold away, made silver virtually worthless, made our paper money worthless and allows the Fed to screw with interest rates. And, big biz is in bed with ’em. All a big fix…dog & pony show.

            Meddle to create more chaos? They are doing that now. That sh** never stopped. We see varying degrees of it everyday.

            Yes. Our worst enemy isn’t the Russians. It’s our own government.

            Oh, boy. I should have known my comment would excite you. You are so bad, Coffee. 🤣

  2. They better keep that dollar menu! These businesses crack me up, pay people good salary. Good salary also means good employees (not all the time but it helps) look at Chik Fil A. Why do they think a person can live(especially if they have a family) off $8.50 hr(some locations in the US, it’s $7.50 smh). They want to get rid of welfare but if you pay a working mother that shitty amount, she needs the supplement. (BTW, grew up on food stamps, loved them!). So these business either need to pay up or STFU! IMO.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      What will we have to pay then? What happens when $15 isn’t enough anymore? Will it go to $20 at that point?

      So, is it the employers responsibility to ensure that the wage can meet all of the wants and needs of the employee? What if the employee doesn’t work that hard?

      How come people that want the $15 minimum don’t just tip more? Perhaps they should begin to pay more, then they could show the rest of us how great it is.

      If you support the $15 minimum, why don’t you just start to tip that? You could help the employees yourself, before demanding that everyone else do what you want.

      1. If $15 becomes not enough, its because of inflation. Its the reason why prices for consumption aren’t a $1 for a whole meal(man, imagine getting a whole meal for $1).

        I see what your saying, but, it’s the business owners responsibility to give proper wage and benefits to their employees. You have a business, you need employees to help run the business, so you need to pay them.

        Tipping is fine. Have no problems tipping, I tip. But tips alone don’t solve the problem of cost of living.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Maybe, but tipping would be a start. There are people who manage to figure out how to stretch their money, then there are those who don’t. Isn’t that what life is all about?

          Either you figure it out or you don’t. You’re right, the constant currency manipulation and the rise and fall of the dollar throughout history has been quite devastating. But how does that justify the rest of us paying for those disasters, if we were not responsible for them?

          Here are two examples, both contrast the other.

          https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2018/10/22/business/economy/seattle-minimum-wage-study.amp.html

          https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/26/new-study-casts-doubt-on-whether-a-15-minimum-wage-really-helps-workers/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a09a3a6ba07e

          How will businesses afford the $15? Just like the ACA, it’s just another scam. Another talking point. Another platform for election.

          1. Are you only talking about the food service industry? There are other services where workers aren’t paid properly. Case in point: CNA. Certified nursing assistants aren’t paid nearly as much as they should. Some places $9, some $7.50, i heard $5.50 and myself $10.50. They give overtime, but you have to damn near kill yourself to get a decent paycheck. I can’t speak for those CNAs who stay at those companies (they have their reasons) but, I’m not working double shifts every day or every other day to make a proper wage. Just because we arent nurses doesnt mean we shouldnt get at least $15 for our work. We can’t get tipped for our service.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              True Scherezade, but if thats the situation, what is keeping them there? I think that the minimum is the problem. Instead of focusing on the minimum, try to achieve the maximum. If all anyone wants to do is the minimum, then why should they get the maximum?

              1. You’re right but you have to remember everyone doesn’t think like everyone else. I know what I have to do in order to get where I need to be but I can’t speak for everyone else. I’m not going to be where I’m not appreciated. I’m not going to be a CNA all my life, that’s why nursing school is in my future. But some stay in places where they feel comfortable or feel they’re too old to change or don’t know there are resources to help them achieve a goal or believe they qualify for such resources; I can’t speak for them.

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  And that is where the minimum wage comes into play. Not just minimum wage as well. Apparently, well in my mind, they are comfortable enough to remain. We have have something to complain about and we all wish we had it better, but if earning more doesn’t motivate them, then more money won’t motivate them either.

                  I can want to have a six pack all year long, but if I don’t work for it, I can always pay for plastic surgery. There’s always a cost and a risk. Either you do it or you don’t. If I want to take my family to Disneyland, its gonna cost a ton, but if thats what I truly want, then I’m going to have to make sacrifices.

                  I realize we probably disagree on this, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to discuss it. Thats how problems are solved, by really looking at them and discussing all avenues.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              Thats the thing though, if they are fine with minimum work, then they should be fine with minimum compensation.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      And people complain about that and they use that as a reason for the $15 minimum justification. Weird right.

  3. First: There’s still a dollar menu? I have no idea…

    Second: I suspect if the federal minimum wage bumps up to $15/hr then companies will do a combination of things to retain their profit margins such as hiring fewer employees, automating what can be automated and raising prices for the end user. In other words, business structures will change. I anticipate there will be a higher rate of unemployment and everyone will bitch about the ridiculous cost of everything. The solution? Who really knows?

    I worked at a minimum wage job when I was a teenager, but not since. I don’t think minimum wage jobs are meant to become lifetime “careers” – they ought to be early stepping stones to a better gig all around, which includes higher pay and better benes. The part folks are getting hung up on is doing the minimum wage math for their current middle aged life. It didn’t stack up in the 80s and it won’t stack up now. It was never intended to.

  4. The idea of learning (school and self-learning), discovering, finding ways to improve has been going by the wayside in many cities and towns. When the framework of discussions without wisdom enters the arena of blame (i.e. blaming the rich), pointing fingers, making excuses, and accepting help when help is not really needed, we see a decline of motivation. Human beings often need positive examples. But what happens when we tarnish the image of good examples? What happens if we don’t see entreprenuers, determined individuals, and such all around us? Young people are very affected by their surroundings. What do they hear day by day, at some schools, in the neighborhood, at home, on television, on the internet, and by other people? What is required of them? **I would not want to have grown up thinking someone owed me something, that I couldn’t improve upon my own life, that I needed artificial wage rates in order to survive on my own or have a family, that it was someone else’s responsibility when I have all the resources necessary out of intelligence, curiosity, enjoyment of occupations, and wanting to improve upon myself and others. It’s a matter of perspective. A belief and understanding can change a person’s direction in life.

  5. The underpinnings of a healthy economy and the creativity of its citizenry, independence and self-reliance, brings about better tomorrows. Many of today’s youth have been accustomed to a dialogue and view counterproductive for a healthy economy. It’s like when I was growing up and wanted an allowance, though I don’t believe I did enough chores for the money I earned. Instinctively, I knew this, but I liked the money. My parents provided, they raised a family, and many good things happened along the way, but looking back, I know my “view” was needing improvements. The way to opportunities and success are rooted in the family and individuals. What lessons have you learned while growing up? What have you done, as a child and teen, that will provide greater opportunities, if not the least of which is a willingness to work and help others? And do you understand how money and an economy works.
    This last can be taught by example, which I have plenty on my site. Have your children start a small business, say selling lemonade and cookies. Let them learn that if they want more people buying, they will have to spend more time at the booth, but also put out advertisements, make better cookies, and be friendly with potential buyers. Then, when they make a profit, money goes back into the business to create more products and advertisement posters. They may also go to sports venues to sell. All part of doing business.
    But dad, or mom, I want more money. Well, dear, in order to have more money, you will have to sell more, or create more products people want. Later, when they’re older, and some of their friends are working for minimum wages but want those wages increased, you can have further discussions. How can the company pay higher wages? They can’t. Only if they sell more or raise prices, or they fire some of the workers. Cause and effect.

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