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Why do fast-food workers deserve $15 an hour?

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Fighting about $15

These types of jobs are considered entry level and were traditionally filled by high school and college kids (“Fifteen and life: Fast food strikers and protesters gather on I-Drive to demand a living wage,” Sept. 4). I worked retail at a minimum-wage level in school. However, I grew up and had the ambition to get ahead and advance my career. These people are not very ambitious and want a handout.
William Tillman,

If you look at the history of minimum wage and the costs of goods needed in order to live, a blind man can see that wages have not kept pace with the cost of living. In the ’80s when minimum wage was hovering at a little more than $3 an hour, bread was 50 cents a loaf. You could work for 15 minutes to buy a loaf of bread. Minimum wage is now hovering between $7.75 and $8 an hour (Florida being $7.93 an hour) and a loaf of bread is $3 to $4 a loaf. It takes a worker more time to purchase that same loaf of bread. Housing costs have tripled with wages only doubling. Insurance costs have skyrocketed. In the early ’90s I paid less than $10 a week for health insurance. Costs are now over $50 a week and even more for a single worker.

And when these workers are forced into receiving food stamps, people want to scream and holler about handouts. Pay people a livable wage and less people will be getting “handouts.”
Fightingfor Mychild,

Look at most of the people in fast food restaurants you visit. Many of us (I say us because I earn only $10 an hour in a challenging customer-service job for a company that hasn’t given its employees a raise in over five years) were priced out of college. I dropped out when I couldn’t afford tuition and books. Many of these people are doing the best they can. We have families to support. We deserve to be valued.
Underpaid & Overworked,