Fox & Friends hosts say there's no need to raise the tipped minimum wage
Ainsley Earhardt: “If you're working at a McDonald's or a small little restaurant where you're making tips, ... if you're nice to the people, you make a lot of money”
From the July 23 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Like many of you, I've had probably about five to seven tipped jobs. I started as a bus boy. I used to bus, clear the tables, and we used to rotate washing the dishes, and at the end of the day, you pool your tips. It's one of the best jobs you could have when you're breaking in. You don't even expect that check. It's almost a surprise when you get a $60 or $70 check at the end of the week. Because you work hard, you get great tips, and if you're good, guess what, other restaurants want you. They will take you, offer you better jobs. And if your one job doesn't pay enough, guess what you do, you get another job. 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: Well, and a minimum wage job is not meant to be a career.
KILMEADE: Of course.
EARHARDT: It's meant to help you get your start. We were all in high school, we were in college, when we had these waiting -- when I was waiting tables. Unless you're at a very fine restaurant, most of those people, at the fine restaurants, that is their career. But they make tons of 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.
KILMEADE: Absolutely. And when the other restaurants hear about it, and they want you.
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