IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A LIVABLE INCOME. These aren't the jobs they used to be filled with teenagers, you have adults working here getting screwed over because of that stereotype. Food service workers should earn more than bank tellers!
No it is not meant to be a job to support full cost of living. Yes, people have turned it into as such but regardless, not really valid as a single job at lower than management or corporate level. It's not the employer's job to pay you more simply because of your life situations.
That's the mentality that ruins it for everyone. Do you honestly think that people should accept that instead of being offered a living wage we could just get someone else who will put up with it until it too effects them to the point they want to strike. There has to be a point where people who work should expect to survive.
All you are saying is that "People who are currently earning $0 find $7.25 more acceptable, until they realise what they are doing for that and then they complain, and the cycle repeats" Ask yourself, why is this problem continuing to cycle? Are these people greedy? Or maybe, just maybe, they actually have a valid point people who don't work the jobs do not realise.
And even if they get this pay increase, the cycle will still continue when cost of living increases beyond it once again. Big Corporate America at its finest.