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Evidently the fast food restaurant workers in Encinitas are okay with their wages. A nationwide fast food workers strike was called for on the morning of August 29, in a effort to raise their industry’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. San Diego was one of the 30 cities chosen for the protest. A protest did occur downtown near Horton Plaza.

The strike was all but ignored by the employees and managers of Encinitas’ four-targeted chain restaurants — Chipotle, McDonalds, Subway, and Wendy’s.

Each of the managers at the four Encinitas restaurants said the strike didn’t affect their business, and none of their employees called in sick or didn’t show up. (McDonalds Corporation had previously released a statement in that any worker that took part in the strike would be welcomed back to their jobs the next day.)

The manger at Subway of Santa Fe Dr. hadn’t even heard about the strike action being called.

While the national minimum wage is $7.25/hour, California fast food workers, as do all non-farm jobs, start at $8.00/hour. The manager at the Wendy’s on Encinitas Boulevard said starting wages at her restaurant could be higher, depending on the position applied for. (In-N-Out Burger, which was not targeted, confirmed they pay the highest starting wage in the industry at $10.50/hour, but the hiring standards are stricter than other fast food chains.)

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Visduh Aug. 31, 2013 @ 4:27 p.m.

In-n-Outs always seem to be very busy, and they turn out a superior product, if you want a burger. No tacos, no chicken sandwiches, or salads. Could that success be more to do with the caliber of the employees than the menu? Might we conclude that by paying more, In-n-Out is more successful? Naw, nevahappen!

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Ponzi Sept. 2, 2013 @ 12:15 p.m.

Efficiency wages work. In n' Out and Costco both believe that higher pay attracts better workers... and that translates to customer satisfaction. In n' Out is private and are not pressured by Wall Street to squeeze their employees wages. Costco has clearly told shareholders that they are not going to cut employee pay to please shareholders.

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Bob_Hudson Aug. 31, 2013 @ 6:59 p.m.

"Might we conclude that by paying more, In-n-Out is more successful?"

I think that would be quite hard to prove. The pay might explain why In-N-Out workers are mostly white kids, but it's the food that brings in the customers.

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John Kitchin Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:37 p.m.

Minimum Wage in Australia is $16.50 per hour, and fast food workers usually start around $17 US dollars per hour. Prices are lower than here for everything, not just fast food. McDonalds here at East Main and Greenfield Drive in El Cajon pays that sort of a wage, and its food is far better than the corporate chain stores, at the same prices, too. They also have internet and wifi, and couches and recliners. They are owned by an Arabian couple.

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Ponzi Sept. 2, 2013 @ 9:51 p.m.

If greedy CEO's would give up some of their obscene pay, decent wages would be a reality. But we have a system that rewards people at the top 1000 times what the rank-and-file get paid. There's something really wrong with those metrics.

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