OH PLEASE, I had a fast food job in junior college. No one lived in a box. They lived with their parents like me or had several roomies. We all had goals for doing more with our lives. Fix the economy by making companies want to do manufacturing in the USA again, so fast food work can be entry level position is truly is and a learning experience that can transfer to better and better employment. All an increase will do now is make the unemployment rate go up again and the people who get an increase will feel better off for about a month until prices ratchet up to cover it and they will be right where they were before, relatively speaking. The people who suffer in that situation are retired people on fixed incomes whose money is now worth even less.