As if the suspect meat, stratospheric calorie count, crap service, expense, and long lines weren’t enough reasons to quit eating fast food: now fast food workers are staging walkouts to protest their low wages. If the fast food workers are all out on the sidewalk holding signs, does that mean the service will be better, faster, and without the attitude? Does that mean I’ll get the burger I ordered for once?
I understand not getting paid enough; I’ve been there. When that happens, I got another job to supplement my income, and I was careful with my spending. I’m not suggesting that everyone who takes part in or supports these walkouts is a single-job holding freewheel spender, but society is decidedly short on discipline.
Here’s the thing about doubling the wages of fast food workers: it’s going to double the prices consumers have to pay when they go to these places. Fast food is ridiculously expensive as it is, and given the choice of paying $15 for a Big Mac or $15 at a place like Red Robin, I’ll pick Red Robin. There’s no way I am going to pay twice the current price of anything at any fast food establishment. Some people might, but they are stupid.
Times are tight, I understand; but a move like this will likely cause the industry to struggle. And rather than making the $15 per hour they claim they deserve, or even $7.50 they’re making now, they’ll be making nothing. And if you think it’s hard to pay bills when you’re making $7.50 per hour, try doing it when you’re making $0 per hour.