Minimum wage paychecks corner Georgia workers

A cashier checks out a customer at a gas station. / Jessica Fairley

The debate over minimum wage has been roaring over the last few years and now workers are demanding more.

Work for many who make minimum wage means standing on their feet for hours on end, taking orders from not always the happiest of customers to end up with a paycheck that may not make ends meet.

"Everyone is hurting for something. I think they'll take whatever they can get but I don't think minimum wage is a means for anyone to live by unless they're just trying to supplement income," said John Miller, an Albany resident.

Miller would know. He worked two years for a clothing store making $7.25 an hour. That's the national average, but according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the minimum wage in Georgia is two dollars less than that at $5.15 an hour.

"It's not a means to live by for sure. I know that I could not hardly do anything with the money but when it comes to what I was working for, I also felt like I didn't deserve much more than that either. I was just folding clothes," said Miller.

Unlike John Miller, there are thousands around the nation who feel they do deserve more.

Georgia has one of the lowest minimum wage rates in the nation. Although some may want a larger paycheck, others say if wages are raised it could have an adverse affect.

"Yeah it will be great for it to go up however feeling the effects at the gas tank, the grocery store, and the staple things that people have to buy, all of that affects it," said Dee Rowley, Store Manager at BJ's Country Buffet.

Dee Rowley says they provide discounts at BJ's Country Buffet to the community to soften the pinch of the minimum wage paycheck.