Fast food restaurant employees recently picketed chains such as McDonald's and Burger King for a wage increase of $15 an hour.
However, these of multi-billion dollar corporations claimed they could not afford to do so, but a local burger joint outside of Detroit, Mich. is going to start to paying $15 an hour to new employees on October 1.
Moo Cluck Moo is currently paying its entry level employees $12 an hour, far above the state minimum wage of $7.40.
“We always wanted to be at $15 an hour. It just feels human to do it. It’s not an easy job to do. We’ve got a line out the door. Of the people that are working for us, we don’t have anybody disgruntled," Moo Cluck Moo co-owner Brian Parker told The Daily Beast.
Moo Cluck Moo claims that paying higher wages results in better customer service, more skilled employees, less turnover and money saved from having to hire and train new workers.
However, Forbescalled a $15-an-hour minimum wage an "absurd notion."
There other small chains that are paying above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour: In-N-Out burger ($10.50), burrito chain Boloco ($10) and Dicks Drive-In in Seattle ($10).