So recently our store started hiring, as we are always understaffed. In order to attract job seekers, they recently posted a hiring sign mentioning that they were hiring starting at $11.00/hr, which is a whopping $1 above state mandated minimum wage. The following encounters have ensued as a result.
1: Lady is perfectly nice, has a normal and very polite interaction. In fact, she's more cheerful and polite than my average customer. As she walks out she sees the sign, turns, and screeches at me
L: "Does that sign say $11 an hour?!"
Me: Yes m'am it does.
L: You don't deserve $11!
2: Woman I'm ringing out has already noticed the signs...
W: When I was your age, minimum wage was so much lower! The job hasn't changed at all, you are so lucky you get paid so much nowadays, when I was your age I made practically no money!
3: Checking out a man, who has been rude and impatient the entire time. Prices have changed recently (at the time of this story)
Man: Why is it so expensive? Usually this costs $x.yz but today it costs $a.bc. You did it wrong.
Me: It seems we had a slight price increase, I'm really sorry sir!
Man: Well I bet if it weren't for stupid kids like you getting paid $11 an hour, they wouldn't have increased! You stupid workers think you deserve $15 for flipping burgers, it's so easy anyone could do it! It's not like you need the money anyway, you should feel ashamed of yourself!
Please for the love of god, don't be this customer. I live in a state that is the 3rd or 4th highest in terms of cost of living, and while I may be young, I am saving money in order to be able to move out and become financially independent. No one where I work is protesting for $15/hr. No one even really asked for $11/hr. We get paid this much because management has a hard time keeping workers, with many quitting due to the stress of the job. We are often assigned the jobs normally assigned to 2-3 workers in other stores within the franchise. The extra dollar an hour is for doing two people's jobs.
Sometimes it's even worse than the occasional random insults I get, because I work extremely hard and take pride in being able to save money for something important to me. It's just so hard listening to people berate you and say you make too much money and don't work hard when you're constantly busting ass