Minimum wage jobs are entry level jobs. A place for mostly young people to introduce themselves to the workforce. They are not intended to be livable wage. If you are 40 years old and still working the counter at McDonalds...Minimum wage in California (where I live) is either $15 or $16 per hour. Just like everywhere else in the US, minimum wage is not actually a living wage. The only way someone making minimum wage could afford a new tesla (any of them) would be to be living somewhere where they had no other expenses other than the car payment, and someone else paid for housing, food, etc.
The person making minimum wage in CA is still making $8 per 30 minutes, gross (before taxes).
As I said, its not even the price of a single fast food lunch per month. Now, if one wants to argue they dont see the value of a fast food meal a month in what they get from it, thats a different discussion. Not having to "futz around" with it is worth that to me, but for others that might be different, and I respect that.
Thats a different discussion than people saying its expensive, though.
Also, $15 does not go as far in CA as it would in say Mississippi or Iowa. Not a fair comparison.