Ben and David Patterson, a couple clowns, are forced to rely on food stamps because their low-wage jobs don’t pay them enough to feed themselves. David, who has worked for McDonald’s for two years, said, “I went on strike because I want to feed my family without government assistance, so we don't have to depend on other people and still struggle.” Last September, after David went on strike his hours were cut from almost 40, to 4. Clergy, community members, and other fast-food workers galvanized enough support for the owner of his McDonald’s to come out and guarantee that his hours would be restored. “This has been the opportunity of a lifetime. I had fun and am still having fun with it. I'm a part of this campaign all the way, because we can't survive on 7.35.”
Workers at the McDonald's saw the clowns and invoice and decided to join the movement for $15 and a union. They'll soon be card carryin', 'fro wearin members of St. Louis Can't Survive on $7.35!