A reporter asked an Arizona woman who was protesting in favor of a $15 federal minimum wage Thursday about the possible ramifications of raising the wage, and she couldn’t quite answer.
Liz Kotalik of KSAZ-TV asked a woman identified only as Kathy, a McDonald’s employee, why she should make a salary higher than people in positions that require advanced education and skill.
“All the minimum wage goes up,” Kathy replied. “With my income increasing, everybody else’s will increase.”
Kotalik noted that some small businesses said they can’t afford to pay their employees $15 an hour.
“They don’t want to pay $8 an hour,” Kathy said, adding, “We need that extra money.”
Kotalik shared pictures and videos of the protest on Twitter.
"Hold your burgers hold your fries, make our wages super sized." "If we don't get it, shut it down" https://t.co/ykln0zBJ8C— Liz Kotalik (@Liz Kotalik) 1460641312.0
She also shared a statement from a conservative group, America Rising Squared, after getting pushback from some of her followers.
With protests in AZ and across country for $15 min wage, conservative nonprofit "America Rising Squared" responds: https://t.co/kwF7ZDtnlE— Liz Kotalik (@Liz Kotalik) 1460646015.0
@emma_hobbit it's my job to report both sides, Emma. That's not being biased.— Liz Kotalik (@Liz Kotalik) 1460649953.0
Watch the full exchange below via KSAZ: