Well, other side of the coin is this dude and many like him may not have the skill set to get a higher per hour wage. Ever think of that?
Your stating that, doesn't make it true. At the very least the minimum wage should have kept up with inflation, and part time work should receive an equivalent % of full time work benefits.
It's not a business's responsibility to provide a living wage for an adult who may have not done what they could have done to better themselves at an earlier age.
Sure it is the business's responsibility to provide enough to keep their worker healthy and returning instead of the rapid turnover rate which hurts everyone.
Your post seems ignorant of reality when you wrote "an adult who may not have done what they could have done to better themselves" because the fact is, many adults did do what they could, ended up with student loan debts, but over-educating the population does not increase the number of skilled jobs. You can cite individual cases where an education helps an individual but that does not apply to the entire worker pool.
I'm sure the excuses are about to flood this post but end of day we all have choices and we make em. Those choices have outcomes.
Not applicable. You can have 100 Hard Worker Bees who are qualified for 50 jobs. They all worked about as hard and made about the same life decisions, but there are not 100 jobs for them. You seem to be in the set of 50 that got job "x" and want to pretend you made better choices when that is sometimes true but very often not true.
Reminds me of the dad who confronted Elizabeth Warren stating he worked multiple jobs and put his kid through college while his neighbor just drew debt and how is it he should benefit from being bailed out of student debt.
What reminds you of that? You feel you can take one isolated incident and assume it applies to the majority, let alone everyone? That is more like deliberate refusal to accept the state of the middle class shrinkage in america than an accurate portrayal of choices and consequences. The fact is, you can work just as hard and make choices just as good as that father you referred to, but today forward instead of decades ago till now, and have a quite different outcome. It is a sad situation for kids just getting out of high school today.
Instead of beliefs based on anecdotes, look at the statistics, but all of them, not just those cherry picked to support an agenda.