Well it is getting more expensive for the hawker to sustain his stall so he/she has to up their prices to afloat plus how can they have any "increment" or "bonus" like the salary folk. Everyone wants to make more money so who willing to volunteer to take less and earn less on our behalf? hehehe anyone? But of course he/seh raise their price too much and the food is not tasty, they too will reach a point where they will perish too.
When times were good, they increase price people complain. Now they not doing well and have to raise their price a little, people also complain. We sure like to have our cake and eat it all by our self heheh... Whose going to pay the cake makers?
It's funny how like at my last working place, it is usually the calculative, the one that goes home on the dot, take the most MC and seldom want to work late that are the one complaining the most about when they are getting their bonuses, or how little they are getting or how come no early pay day as the season of festivities is upon us. heh
And no i see no difference between locals and FT a like in that respects.