Ever since the introduction of higher minimum wages, and with the Fight for 15 sweeping the nation, a debate has begun: How important and skilled are fast food workers? Are they all just high school kids? And do they deserve higher wages? One McDonald’s worker is tired of the noise. Mike Waite, a McDonald’s worker in Edinburgh, published a concise and passionate soliloquy about what McDonald’s workers are really like.
The rant, accompanied by a photo of Mike’s uniform and McDonald’s nametag, has more than 50,000 likes and shares. You can read the entire thing here, but these are some of the poignant highlights:
“The one thing McDonalds is is a job which is extremely (extremely) flexible, has opportunities for growth and can allow you to do what you want to do. There are people becoming pilots, lawyers, designers, architects, and people who are at a point in their life that they will do whatever it takes to look after their family. I work with people I would aspire to be like, who have strengths in areas I wish I had, who have overcome situations I never could…. Dam right McDonalds will be on my CV, this job has pushed my limits in so many areas! Yes it has its downsides, yes the wages can be bad and yes it can be difficult, but every job has is negatives and McD's is no different…. McDonalds is not a "dead-end" of my working life but rather part of the beginning. Now, what drink would you like with that order?”
The comments and reactions from those who have read the Facebook post have been mainly positive, reflecting the genuineness of the subject.