You say everyone deserves a living wage. Well, not everyone needs to live in an expensive city. Not everyone needs a car, ten pairs of shoes, a $1,000 phone or a wardrobe that looks like a department store clothing rack.
When you make other people do what you want it limits potential. The person that would have loved to work for $7 an hour can’t, the owner who could have paid $7 an hour can’t pay $15. What happens? You’re seeing what happens. Small stores close, big stores close. Businesses set up with less employees boom.
Even though I support a $15 minimum wage, I also support the right to waive that, when I was 14 making $6 an hour working for a small business (completely illegal), it shaped who I am. If regulation would have gotten in the middle of that, I definitely wouldn’t be who I am today.