I wish we could stop arguing from caricature:
Here's what federal minimum wage looks like in our country.
Here's what low-wage work looks like ($10,10 and hour or less):
Those stats should punch a big hole in the caricature of only pimply-faced teens and morons working minimum-wage jobs. As you move up the scale from federal minimum wage to average minimum wage to "low" wage, you see the stats trend older and more educated. These are stats that just can't be waived away with
With these protests, what I see are low-paid workers fighting for a better life for themselves using whatever leverage they have -- the same way everyone else extracts wealth from the economy.