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Some fast food workers disagree with protest

MATTOON -- Not all fast food workers agree with the national protest to raise their wages.
MATTOON -- Fast food workers across the nation are protesting for better wages but not everyone agrees. The original Burger King has been open for 63 years. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau has more. 

Workers there say they make enough to get by and are already paid more than average. The average fast food worker in the U.S. makes about $9/hour. At Burger King, they make an average of $11/hour and employees say they work hard to make even more.

"I made $7.75 when I started and I was OK with that," said Brandy Scott. 

She was 16 when she started working at Burger King and pregnant at the time.

"It feels good because I know I've had to work hard to get to where I am," said Scott.

She started behind the register then worked her way up to head cleaner, assistant manager and now head manager. She's also juggling being a full-time student and a mom.

"I've had to work my way up to what I make so I feel like if other people want their pay to go up, they should do the same," said Scott.

"We are extremely aware of how important it is to be fair. I think you can stand a lot of hard work if everyone's working hard," said Gene Hoots. co-owner of Burger King.

He says he doesn't mind paying his workers for hard work but doesn't want to be forced to do it.

"I don't think you get jobs on your payroll by force, by trying to tell them what to do," said Hoots.

It could affect his customers.

"I think it's personally kind of silly only because, once minimum wage goes up, then prices of everything go up," said Scott.

That's exactly what happened last time minimum wage increased. In return, sales went down.  Hoots then had to let six employees go and cut others' hours.

"I feel like if I can work that hard to get to where I am, I'm pretty sure anybody really can do it," said Scott.

To give you an idea how much it costs when wages increase, Hoots says when they went up by $2/hour, it cost his company $90,000.
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