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September 12, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Workers protest, campaign for raise in minimum wage

Make their lives easier

A circle of protesters lock hands and sit on the road outside McDonalds as fast-food workers rally against "wage theft" by their employers in Seattle, on Thursday, August 1. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

A circle of protesters lock hands and sit on the road outside McDonalds as fast-food workers rally against “wage theft” by their employers in Seattle, on Thursday, August 1. [Marcus Yam, The Seattle Times.]

It has been a long time since my days of making minimum wage. Like many people who start out at the bottom, I applied myself and used the skills I learned on the job and at school to advance myself into the middle class.

What I do remember about working minimum-wage jobs wasn’t so much the low wage — I knew that was going to be my income going into the job — but the way patrons treated me.

Many were kind, considerate and helpful. But many were rude, destructive and would have seen me fired for no reason if this meant they could save a dollar or potentially get something free.

Even if the minimum wage isn’t raised, I think it is in all our power to make the lives of minimum-wage workers better. We all know right from wrong. We all know how to behave in public, and that a fast-food restaurant is just as much of a business as an attorney’s office.

Small acts of courtesy will get you farther and make the life of a minimum-wage worker that much better, even if the check is still small.

Anna Hiatt, Brier

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