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Get a Clue, McDonald's: The Other Insult No One's Talking About


Business  (tags: corporate, business, McDonald's, employees, working poor, society, money, ethics, economy, finance, americans )

Carrie
- 714 days ago - salon.com
The unstated assumption behind the McDonald's budget is that the working poor must be educated about financial planning. And that assumption is in turn a belief that is deeply embedded among America's cultural elites -



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Linda Moore (240)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 12:37 pm
Thanks Carrie, we KNEW corporate is full of A-Holes !!!!
 

Laurie H. (790)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 1:09 pm
No surprises here, Thanks Carrie~
 

Joanne Dixon (42)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 2:14 pm
Sometimes someone just produces a wonderful and memorable aerticle by saying thigs we know but saying them better.
 

Birgit W. (156)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 4:27 pm
Sadly noted. Thanks Carrie.
 

Bianca D. (87)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:14 pm
The idea that a poor person's 8 hour day is worth less, that they are worth less and that they brought it upon themselves is beyond offensive.

Great post Carrie.

You might like this short video which reveals some of the dynamics of this entitlement mentality:
What having money does to people
 

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:38 pm
I have a McDonalds in easy walking distance.

I don't have a television.

I don't have a car.

I don't want either.

I'm retired and living a simple life.
I like it like that.

I do go over to McDonalds regularly.
I watch television and socialize.

I'm always welcomed, The people who
work there are among the friendliest I've
ever known. They are working HARD all
the time. They don't get even 8 hours a
day and no breaks.

I am always pleased when another one of
the employees is gone to a BETTER job,
Recently one of them was able to go back
to school and study to become a nurse.
She now had a job at Frys.

It's a temporary, pass through job while
they're looking for something better.
The managers aren't treated right either.
One of the managers does have two
jobs at two different McDonalds.

IT JUST ISN'T FAIR!!!
 

cynthia B. (239)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:40 pm
well done Carrie. Most of the working poor probably knows better on how to budget their money as minimum wage only stretches so far. it is insulting to imply they are worth less than those lucky to be receiving higher wages
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:31 pm
Any true democracy would mandate a living wage for everyone, and have a functional, healthy economy, a stable tax base - assessed according to ability to pay - on which to provide necessary public services, (not corporate welfare or excessive military spending to benefit contractors, etc.,) and healthy, secure citizens with health care and social safety nets that won't rip from rot as people crash though even where they actually are, to the hard, unforgiving pavement of the streets.

If the corporations 'can't afford' to pay workers a decent wage, maybe THEY should budget better.
 

. (0)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:32 pm
sadly many poor people end up eating at mcdonalds because they dont have cooking facilities or enough cash to buy ingredients.
 

Jason S. (53)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:16 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:40 am
noted
 

Syd H. (48)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 3:18 am
The other thing not being talked about is how much of the ingredients are GMO derived from the HFCS & beet sugars in the buns, soda, desserts, to the soy oil to cook the fries, to the feed for the animals killed/eggs/dairy in the sandwiches.

And that American taxpayers are footing the bill for this subsidized crap that is sold all over the world (yes, because Europe alone imports 30 million tonnes of GMO feed for the factory farms it has which supplies these so-called American multinational "fud" pushers).

Time for people to check out McLibel which is a great film about when people tried to speak truth about this monster a few years ago.

http://www.spannerfilms.net/product/stream_mclibel

Thanks for posting this Carrie!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 3:42 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Gloria picchetti (301)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 4:58 am
We don't eat at McDonalds.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:14 am
One of the underlying problems her is the corporate belief that poor people (yes, McD keeps their indentures poor) are stupid and need someone to tell them how to live. I'm old, live only on Social Security and am legally poor. Most of my neighbors are poor, too. I like to think that I'm not stupid and I KNOW my neighbors aren't. To us, the question isn't how to budget for our cell phone and cable TV, it's which one do we want, the phone or the TV. McD's low estimates for health insurance are a moot point: every month the government takes $105 out of my SS check for Medicare, meaning I usually don't have enough money to go to the doctor anyway. Rich people (Congress, corporate CEOs, etc.) who decide what's best for poor people should maybe spend some time being poor. Nothing like a little practical experience before making "informed" decisions on other people's behalf.
 

Ben Oscarsito (378)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:43 am
I say it once again: $15 an hour...for a start!
 

wayne z. (5)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 12:37 pm
Mcdonald s pays crap. Iused to work there. Employee s are under paid. they are worth shit.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:17 pm
"...the working poor must be educated about financial planning."
When the working poor do as the elite say and invest, the elite rip them off.
 

Winn Adams (219)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:20 pm
Thanks Carrie. Great article and I hope the "corporates" stop taking stupid pills so they can get with the program and see how they might, just might, help their employees by giving them a "living wage" job. Now there's a thought . . . .
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:03 pm
You don't need a financial planning system when you have no finances to plan.

I have never been into a McDonald's. nor used a K F C, Hungry Mac's, etc., My grand daughter actually worked in one of those apologies for food dispensers. She never eats in one. It is too much to hope that common sense or example will lead to the general populace following our example, so leading to the demise of all fast food outlets, but if the average underpaid American only started to eat sensibly of food cooked by themselves they would live healthier and less costly lives.
 

Freya H. (340)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:27 pm
To say nothing of those horrible cash cards that dock the holders outrageous fees just to use them!
 

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:15 pm
Noted
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:42 pm
Great post Carrie; I'd call this system indoctrination.
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:55 pm
so,so sad. Noted.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:17 pm
Good article. I don't eat at or believe in McDonalds work ethics. Thanks Carrie
 

june t. (66)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:56 pm
I know some working poor who rent places that don't have kitchens, so they end up eating at places like McDonalds and various church free-food places. With luck they find coupons for those 2 for 1 deals so they can get 2 egg mcmuffins for breakfast. As long as people are poor and desperate they can't do much to change the world or their society, too busy trying to survive and stave off illness.
 

Viktoriya Moskaleva (6)
Monday July 22, 2013, 12:11 am
Макдональдс - сеть бесплатных туалетов!!!
 

Viktoriya Moskaleva (6)
Monday July 22, 2013, 12:26 am
Работающие бедные могут иметь рабочие места, они могут даже работать за свои деньги, но они не знают, как сохранить на черный день. Вместо этого, они разбазаривать их заработной платы на завышенной импульсных покупок, в том числе фантазии мобильные телефоны, кабельное телевидение, пролетарского пива и нездоровой пищи, что делает их жир. - выдержка из статьи. Между прочим не только люди с низким доходом так неразумно тратят свой заработок. Хотя почему-то большинство относится скорее к людям низкого социального статуса а не низкого дохода.
 

Patricia H. (442)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:19 am
thanks for posting Carrie
 

Frances Darcy (228)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:06 am
Great article.
 

Frances Darcy (228)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:07 am
Actually, what Eternal says is true..
 

Lona Goudswaard (78)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:23 am
This is joke, right. April fools day or something. McD gives their own employees a sample budget because 'the poor don't know the value of a dollar" and have the nerve to have "omitted such luxury items as food and heat, [] made absurdly low estimates for medical insurance — and that, most strikingly of all, [] appeared to suggest that its workers should maintain two full-time jobs." I'd laugh if I wasn't crying so hard.

And you and I know what the only real solution for their poor employees is, right?
 

Carrie B. (312)
Monday July 22, 2013, 11:03 am
Translation of comment left by Viktoriya: "The working poor can have jobs, they can even run for their money, but they do not know how to save for a rainy day. Instead, they squander their wages on inflated impulse purchases, including fancy cell phones, cable TV, proletarian beer and junk food that makes them fat. - Excerpt from the article. By the way, not only low-income people so unwise spending their earnings. Although for some reason, most likely refers to people of low social status and not low income."
 

Carrie B. (312)
Monday July 22, 2013, 11:06 am
Viktoriya's short comment: "McDonald's - a network of free toilets!"
 

Debra Tate (17)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
Noted!
 

Jeremy S. (3)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:30 pm
McDonald's is starting to get too big, much like Walmart has become. Both companies could use some lessons in tact, although McDonald's is only *starting* to annoy me.
 
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