Friday, April 18, 2014 · 9:43 a.m.
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A Chattanooga protest outside a fast-food restaurant was part of a nationwide event Thursday. (Photo: Staff)

They ordered cups of coffee and apple pies. Then, a group of protesters read messages aloud to the workers at a local McDonald’s.

"Thank you, McDonald’s worker," one protester said. "We are here to say thanks for your hard work and that we stand by you in demanding that McDonald’s Corp. increase your pay to $15 an hour."

The Chattanooga protest, one of many across the U.S. Thursday, was to raise awareness of the difficulty of living on minimum wage. In the Chattanooga area, the median average wage of a fast-food employee is $8.42 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More than 20 people attended the lunchtime event. They held signs up on the corner of Brainerd and Moore roads as passing drivers honked their horns.

Photography was not allowed inside the McDonald’s, a manager said.

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