Fast-food workers walked off the job en masse Thursday, demanding higher wages. Right now most make about $9 an hour, which gives them an annual income of about $18,500 a year. The Census Bureau considers poverty level income to be just over $23,000 for a family of four. That's $4,500 above what fast-food workers make.
If that's the only income coming into a household, making ends meet can be tough. "It's kinda hard to build a future if you don't know what it's going to bring you next week," says fast-food worker Pamela Powell. "Right now, my gas is off. I've had lights...cut off too. It's kinda hard to live without lights."
"We don't want handouts. We don't want pity," explains another worker, Shenita Simon. "We just want everyone to understand our reality."
So what is that reality? Take our quick quiz with host Lynn Berry, and find out if you understand who fast-food workers really are. It might just give you some food for thought the next time you talk to one at the counter or the drive-thru.