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Old 06-23-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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Just wondering. I guess you can make it in Fla on $8 an hour, but im seeing that in LA for non-retail jobs also. What do they expect? How do you create loyalty? Thats just above poverty level...
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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Federal minimum wage of $7.25 /40 hrs a week comes out to $1160 a month. Let's assume you work a little under 40 hrs a week and so your monthly total is $1000.

The way I see it, this could only work in a small town. There you stay with 3-4 roommates, never eat out and survive on PBJ, Ramen noodles and for a treat buy Wal-Mart deli stuff. Oh yeah and you cycle or walk to work.

In a bigger city, you get on some kind of welfare program, food bank and try to get another fulltime minimum wage job.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Annandale, VA
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Just wondering. I guess you can make it in Fla on $8 an hour, but im seeing that in LA for non-retail jobs also. What do they expect? How do you create loyalty? Thats just above poverty level...

You are not expected to "make it" on minimum wage. That is a TRAINING WAGE for new employees with ZERO WORK EXPERIENCE. If you are only getting minimum wage, then you need to rethink your marketable skills and education.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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You are not expected to "make it" on minimum wage. That is a TRAINING WAGE for new employees with ZERO WORK EXPERIENCE.
Exactly. After you've worked for a company for 10 plus years you wage could jump up to $8.50-$9.00 an hour. If you wanna take it to the next level and make $10 dollars an hour, then go out and get a Bachelors Degree.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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Exactly. After you've worked for a company for 10 plus years you wage could jump up to $8.50-$9.00 an hour. If you wanna take it to the next level and make $10 dollars an hour, then go out and get a Bachelors Degree.
Next level...haha...I made $10/hr in 1999 stocking groceries as a 17 year old. Crazy that you need a 4 year degree to make that nowadays...
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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how does one live on min wage?
Just wondering.
One doesn't live on minimum wage.
Did one expect that was the case?
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:52 PM
 
Location: under a bridge
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Next level...haha...I made $10/hr in 1999 stocking groceries as a 17 year old. Crazy that you need a 4 year degree to make that nowadays...
Surely you realize he was joking. You did, didn't you?
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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Exactly. After you've worked for a company for 10 plus years you wage could jump up to $8.50-$9.00 an hour. If you wanna take it to the next level and make $10 dollars an hour, then go out and get a Bachelors Degree.

I was going to say something very similar, but you took the words right out of my mouth.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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Ok maybe not $8 but after a few years at Target you could make maybe $11....if you have a bachelors in something not so useful thats what you will make ...$11 or $12 and be expected to live on it..am I wrong?
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Just wondering. I guess you can make it in Fla on $8 an hour, but im seeing that in LA for non-retail jobs also. What do they expect? How do you create loyalty? Thats just above poverty level...
Who needs loyalty when they know the min wage earners probably can't earn any more anywhere else? These people are trapped, the company knows it and the employees know it. Even if they left, there would be a line of people waiting to take that job.

It's sad when grown adults are paid a teenager wage. I really hope some of these companies are bumping min wage earners up significantly after a few months, but I know most don't. This is what happens when a few large corporations dominate an industry. Pretty soon, we are going to legitimately need unions again in this country to protect wage earning citizens.

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