(Associated Posers) - Kansas City, Mo. - A crowd of demonstrators descended upon McDonald's locations in Kansas City, Mo. And other cities across the country demanding their wages be raised to $15 an hour.
“We can't survive on $8.25” said Rhodonda Shaniqua “MooMoo” Johnson “I can't afford my shoes”
A left-wing research organization claims that doubling the pay of employees would only add 68 cents to the price of a Big Mac. Observers warn, though, that if the salary is increased it will lead to more automation, fewer employees working at each location and lower sales.
“A lot of people might try to make a burger at home, they are likely to find out how much better it tastes when you make it yourself” said a customer.
“I’m barely making it, barely” said McDonald’s employee Jamiya Little, still chanting under a soaked red slicker. “I’m late on car payments. I’m late on late on everything. This is not enough.”
One franchise-owner, requesting anonymity had this to say “If we were paying $15 an hour, these people would be the last ones we would hire. There would be a lot better group of better to choose from and these people have no skills, they have no education, it is always a crap shoot if they show up on time or rob the till on the way out. If these people got their way, they'd be unemployed!”
Many of those picketing and demonstrating were not even employees.
The previous day, the group STL Can’t Survive on $7.25 – the minimum wage in Missouri – protested at several fast-food restaurants, including a McDonald’s in Ferguson. Those employees that did choose to work Tuesday morning, instead of strike, got a start to their shift with a little bit of help from the East St. Louis Police. “We tried to get some of the employees to join us. We need all the help we can get,” said McDonald’s employee Joseph Ryan. He said he worked in nearby Belleville. “They were afraid of losing their jobs. It’s understandable.”