posted on Jun, 12 2015 @ 09:09 AM
When I was a teen, flipping burgers was a way to make some money to save up for a car, college, or a little spending money. Pretty much all the fast
food joints were mostly staffed by teens. Thirty years later when I go into those same restaurants, instead of teens it is mostly barely literate
older Hispanics who in all likelihood are trying to raise a family.
These jobs were never designed for people to be trying to raise a family on. The jobs served as a way for someone to gain some skill, demonstrate
responsibility and dependability and move up to higher paying jobs. This is why turn over is so high. The vast majority of people recognize the jobs
Forcing businesses to pay $15/hr or whatever the number is when the job may not produce at least that in value to the business just means that
businesses will accelerate the replacement of those jobs where possible with technology. Sure, someone may be making the $15/hr, but there could be
two or three others who are now making ZERO.
In addition, instead of teens being able to get on that first rung of the ladder, in many cases businesses will just opt to hire older more mature
workers instead. So now those teens will find themselves with nothing to do. We see this in big city ghettos all over the US where there are simply
no jobs for those who need them most because they are filled with older workers now. In the 80s, a lot of those teens would have been flipping
burgers but now they are stuck hanging out on corners with nothing to do because those jobs are filled with the barely legal 35 year old immigrant
from south of the border. So now those teens resort to crime, drugs, and other mischievous activities since they have nothing else to do with their
time and ways to make a little spending money.