- A TikTok influencer sparked a fierce debate on national hourly wages after she posted about a restaurant in Kent, Washington that pays its staff $20 an hour.
- Hundreds of comments were in support of increasing the hourly wage nationwide, and a commenter posted: “There isn’t a labor shortage. There’s a cheap labor shortage.”
- “Our Deluxe, at some of our locations, went up by 25 cents; some other products went up five cents or 10 cents,” she said about their restaurant paying staff $20 an hour.
The TikToker who goes by the handle @missadriennek — Miss Teacher Tok — posted a photo of the fast-food restaurant, Dick’s Drive-in, with a queue of customers and said that she was able to purchase “two cheeseburgers, a deluxe cheeseburger, two orders of fries, one milkshake, and a root beer” — for just $20.
Several users commented that the low price of the meal showed that arguments against raising minimum wage because they would lead to higher prices for customers do not actually hold up.
The fast-food chain employs 15 employees who are all paid $20 per hour.
According to Statista’s Research Department, the federally-mandated minimum wage in the United States is $7.25…”
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