Fox: The Minimum Wage Should Not Be Raised Because People Can Receive Tips
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“Fox & Friends' arguments against raising the minimum wage: -4 million unemployed -Tipped wage is "one of the best jobs you can have" because "it's almost a surprise when you get a $60 or $70 check" from tips -People have worked 2 jobs for 70 years -Min. wage jobs are not careers https://t.co/wjteOFp6Ms”
Raising the federal minimum wage — a goal of progressive Democrats — is a non-starter for Fox & Friends co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earhardt, because tips are a thing.
Discussing the issue on Tuesday morning, Kilmeade started off with an attempt to connect with the average American, saying, “Like many of you, I've had probably about five to seven tipped jobs.”
He then noted that he was able to make good money and added if “you work hard, you get great tips, and if you're good, guess what, other restaurants want you.”
One job not enough to keep you afloat through college? Get a second job, Kilmeade said.
“That's what you do in your 20s. Having two jobs, part-time jobs, while going to school is something people have done since the turn of the last century. And now all of a sudden people want to make that job something you can make a career out of while destroying small businesses. And those owners work about 60 hours a week. And now you're telling them their labor force has got to make more, maybe, than they do? Forget it.”
Earhardt chimed in with agreement, saying that minimum wage and tipped jobs are not meant to be full-time careers anyway. Still, she said, people working such jobs make great money:
“If you're working at a McDonald's or a small little restaurant where you're making tips, you're right. If you're nice to the people, you make a lot of money.”