A Fox News host has suggested fast-food workers get tips to supplement their income after Congress voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Fox & Friends presenter Ainsley Earhardt falsely claimed McDonald’s workers could make “a lot of money” from tips if they were nice to customers.
However, the McDonald’s website says tips are not accepted at restaurants because the company has a “team environment which is not about rewarding individuals”.
If you're working at McDonald's or a small little restaurant where you're making tips, if you’re nice to the people you make a lot of money
The claim comes after the House of Representatives passed a bill last week to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour.
However, Democratic representative Rashida Tlaib has said a higher raise (to $20 per hour) is needed due to the price of goods and services going up.
The Fox & Friends team also used a typically conservative argument to dismiss raising the minimum wage by claiming that small businesses cannot afford the wage increase and arguing that it would lead to widespread firings.
Despite these fears, recent experiments in raising the minimum wage have not had the disastrous consequences conservatives have predicted.
In fact, research has shown modest increases in the minimum wage implemented slowly over time do not hurt the economy.
Of course, this is all extra information - the main thing you need to know is this: McDonald's workers do not make a lot of money from tips.
HT: The Daily Beast