"She notes that her hourly wage of $7.50 is less than a Wendy’s combo meal: “I make less than the Baconator.”
Working in fast food prompts absurd calculations. Your hourly wage is less than a combo meal. Rent costs more than a full months’ work. Every hour, dozens of customers come in, buying hundreds of dollars of food. But your wages do not change. Instead, they often go down abruptly.
“Labor is high” is the dreaded mantra of fast food. When a worker hears “labor is high”, it means they may get sent home early, losing a precious $7.50 or more.”