August 29, 2013, - 5:24 pm

If Fast Food Workers Make Double, Look Forward to $10 Burgers & Tacos; Madness @ Mickey Ds Where I Grew Up

By Debbie Schlussel

Today, fast food workers shut down a McDonald’s in the Detroit-area suburb of Southfield, Michigan, where I grew up (the McDonald’s in question is literally across the street from the City of Detroit). The store had no choice but to close because most, if not all, of its employees walked off the job to demand $15 per hour. Other than my strong belief in capitalism and free markets, I don’t have a dog in this fight because I don’t eat fast food. Because I keep kosher–and have all my life–I’ve never had a Big Mac, a Whopper, a Chilupa or Burrito Supreme from Taco Bell, or a roast beef sandwich at Arby’s (it looks good to me, though). So, if fast food restaurants in America chose to double the wages of these unskilled employees beyond what the market has already decided is the fair wage, it wouldn’t hurt me. The price of my food wouldn’t go up. But it would go up for anyone who eats at these places.

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And, in fact, families who rely–especially in this Obamaconomy on economically-priced “value meals” at McDonald’s, Burger King, and so on, well they would be hurt. Those families can’t afford to pay for a $10-$15 burger. And if they could, they’d be better off going to dine at a fancy restaurant, where many meals are exactly that price (at least here in the Detroit area). There would be no more dollar value meals on the menu for fast food customers. Because, after all, the doubled wages have to be made up somewhere. And business owners almost always pass off the added costs of labor on customers.

It would be suicidal for fast food restaurants to double workers’ pay. Their whole business model and market advantage is price (and tasty, quick food). Doubling workers’ pay would soon mean closing doors and workers losing their jobs. These workers simply have no grasp of economics . . . kinda like the President they voted for.






In the end, just as it has with the minimum wage, the economy would adjust to the absurd $15 per hour wages for hashslingers and “Would you like fries with that?” utterers. So, their $15 per hour would eventually be worth a lot less in real dollars and buying power, just as has happened with the minimum wage increases these workers collect.

If McDonald’s Hamburger University were actually a real school and the workers earned degrees from it, as many college students do from real universities (where they learn a lot less), McDonald’s workers would still possess no special skills, no unique qualifications and credentials that make them worth $15 per hour. Anyone can cook burgers, handle a cash register, talk through a headset and ask you if you want tartar sauce with your Filet O’Fish. That’s why it’s an entry level, temporary job. Working fast food is not designed to be a career, unless you aspire to be a manager or become and entrepreneur and earn enough money to invest in your own franchise.

If you don’t like the $7.50 per hour that you are making as a Mickey D’s employee in Southfield (or anywhere else), you can always quit. There are plenty of people eager to work and make some money to bide them in this rough economy.

And they’d be thankful to have a job and a salary.

Would you like ten dollar burgers with that?

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One other thing: while I don’t support McDonald’s doubling its employees pay to $15 per hour, I wholeheartedly endorse America downsizing Congressmen’s and Senators’ pay to $7.50 per hour. Something tells me things would be a whole lot better.

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Sorry to break the news to ya, MANGOG, but if you actually waited there 30 minutes for a Filet of Carp, either your car was broke down or you aren’t the brightest crayon in the box. Or,you have the patience of a saint.

RT on August 31, 2013 at 5:22 am

Leah: “Discussing the minimum wage is more important if you are talking about essential commodities going up in price like normal groceries and oil. Not some nonsense restaurant like McDonalds.”

You should be talking about the upward pressure on labor and other costs, i.e. general inflation, as a result of the “living wage” or similar concept implemented for entry-level or any level jobs. If you think your “compassion” towards “disadvantaged” workers won’t result in higher groceries and oil prices you are mistaken.

Alex on August 31, 2013 at 11:07 am

Super sizing the minimum wage is a great way to give the fast food industry a heart attack.
I don’t think the idiot employees striking realize that but the idiots who made “super size me” probably did.

This is what happens when a nation doesn’t like itself anymore.
It puts itself out of business.

Frankz on August 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I am also a big believer in capitalism. But let us not suggest that totally unfettered markets will always do “the right thing”

Child labor laws,overtime, the 40 hour 5 day work week would not have been just given by the “market”. Finding the right balance of regulation is the key. too much will stagnate the system and the wild west will bring back Upton Sinclair’s, The Jungle.

The minimum wage is a symptom of a much bigger problem. The lack of educated workers. It is a result of dropouts and people who have not worked on themselves or their future.

The question is that if would the market pay less if they could? The answer is probably, yes. 15 dollars is way to high but raising it will not bring about the end of Western Civilization either. At least these people are working

sanjay on August 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    sanjay: “The minimum wage is a symptom of a much bigger problem. The lack of educated workers.”

    WTF? Minimum wage isn’t a “symptom”, it’s an entry-level wage for jobs that require little or no vocational skills.

    And what fulfilling jobs await “educated” workers? Call centers that are presently being outsourced? The reason that a huge percentage of teens drop out is because they have a low IQ. No amount of “education” will make them “smarter” or more employable.

    Raising the minimum wage if anything would cause more jobs to be lost. Presently, two restaurants that I know of do not do any actual “cooking” on-site: Taco Bell and Appleby’s. All or most of the food is prepared at central locations and distributed to the outlet in bags where the product is then microwaved or heated and then assembled. How would “educated” workers affect these business models?

    DS_ROCKS! on September 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Well the answer would be to let in about 200 million more from all turd world piss pots. Then foreign rat bastards that own franchises can hire more of their own people and keep wages in check. Heck, why even pay employees in the first place? After all, they are uneducated, lazy and have no desire to do better? Ha, ha, ha, if that is what the market will bear, man.

No, I am afraid it has to do more with the dumb politicians and corporations bringing too many into this country. It all started when the government set limits in 1968 on Europeans and then decided to let every mutt from a turd world piss pots into the US. It has slowly destroyed the country but dumb-asses like you think it is wonderful.

AR on September 1, 2013 at 11:48 am

They don’t get child support from babydaddy, so they’re entitled to get money from McDonalds. Just ask Obama.

Truth on September 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

This is one solution that has been proposed:

http://momentummachines.com/#product

exfed2002 on September 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

Why not establish a tip jar at the fast food restaurants so that all those who think the workers should be paid more can tip them?

Jonathan E. Grant on September 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I was curious if someone else made the observation, but the claim that doubling wages would automatically double burger prices is simplistic. Wages comprise a single element in such an industry so product (burger) prices would still go up, but not double.

In addition, higher wages do produce an immediate benefit for the public: fewer people will go on welfare or work as undocumented workers so the “cheap” burger you get today is made up in higher taxes and crime later.

PKUSA on September 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

Dumb fat American pigs! Albeit you guys 1 Big Mac, to go look at their community, all FAT and GREASED…. Why, even the wicked witch of cannibalism would have a field day hunting these people down! Hah, hah, hah,

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