Friday, May 17, 2013

Burger Flippers Demand $15 Per Hour

                                                 

Well, it had to happen.  The headlines read "Fast Food Workers in New York and Detroit Walk Off The Job!...demand $15 dollars per hour.

It hasn't been 24 hours since I read a nationwide survey about work ethics of the Millennial Generation, the ME's.  The ME kids (39%) said they had no interest in dedicating their lives to a "career".  Another 27% indicated they would prefer a job that paid them well but not if that pay required work hours that might interfere with pursuing the pleasures of their personal life.

And, God help me if I didn't read in that same paper (USA TODAY) an article reporting that we are spending $40 billion dollars every year in awarding Pell Grants to already graduated high school students to learn to read and write in order to qualify for college admissions.  That same report said, after expending that $40 billion a year, less than 30% of those receiving the grants had qualified even for a Community College after three years of Pell Grant generosity.

How do all of these things mesh together?  Well, first of all, let's look at those burger flippers demanding $15 dollars per hour.  How dare these kids demand career level wages for flipping a burger!  Those fast food jobs have always meant to be entry level jobs so that kids might learn the discipline of showing up for work, expending a modest amount of effort to earn a paycheck, and develop themselves so that they might, as adults, enter the adult work force and be productive!  

In that same Fast Food Walkoff article, the reporter quotes fast food workers who've been at it for eight years and are resentful of their $8.53 cents an hour salary.  To which I ask "what made you think flipping burgers was a career position?"..."During those eight years of flipping burgers did you ever take a few classes in personnel management and business so that you might move up the Fast Food ladder to Franchise Manager or Regional Manager?"  If not, shut the f**k up and make sure my fries are hot!  And finally "when you were attending high school, did you ever think about preparing yourself for adult work?"  "When you were passing notes and mouthing off in class, and skipping your homework assignments, did you every think you might need to read and write at the high school level to get past fast food employment?"

And when we taxpayers have already paid an average of $12,000 per year, per student to attend public school, is it fair that we should have to shell out an additional $40 billion dollars each year to give you a second chance to read and write at the 12th grade level?  And after taking that $40 billion a year in Pell 
Grants each year, and after three years you still fail to read and write, why should we not write you off?

So, let's look at the bottom line here.  Today's generation have no ambitions for a career, any career that interferes with their pursuit of personal pleasures.  Nor are the ME's interested in learning the basics of education in high school.  So...these ME kids now want us to pay them $15 dollars per hour for flipping burgers because they aren't qualified..or interested in doing anything else!

To all of them I say screw em!  It's all academic anyway.  When those 30 million illegal Mexicans get their amnesty and citizenship they'll do it for $7.50 an hour and may not even spit on our burger!


10 comments:

dirtblack said...

The new generations have no idea of what it's like to work hard for their money. When I was going to school the minimum wage was $3.35! I was damn glad I had a job and it I was careful and watched every penny. We later moved to Phoenix and the min. wage here was $4.10. I was happy as hell to get that extra money.

About 3 years ago my family decided to go to Disneyland. while riding in the bus to get there I say people striking about things that were very stupid. This was about the same time the economy started to go. I thought to myself "these idiots have a job and many don't" I wished I could have yelled out at them.

I can remember the controversial Fry's supermarket strike. I could not believe the stupidity. A striking kid told me they now had to pay for medical insurance. I looked at him and couldn't believe my ears. To make it sound worse I think ( can't remember) the amount they were going to have to pay were very nominal, like $20 a paycheck. And these people were even getting a raise to offset the new medical insurance! I told the kid he was an idiot and that I pay about $200 a month out of my checks for medical. All he could muster was "that sucks."

$15 for flipping burgers. I think NOT!

A Modest Scribler said...

Dirt, it's all just part of the ever growing number of people who want something for nothing..and the politicians are giving it to them in exchange for their vote!

Ken said...

I had a very heated argument with the daughter of a friend of mine over this exact topic. It was the unionization of MacDonald's. MacDonald's for Christ's sake. As a career choice. WTF is happening. She was just spitting fire and it she started saying things like "f**king a**hole republicans and I am just all about the rich getting richer" etc, etc.. I threw up my hands and said,"You win", and quit. Sad. I was not really familiar with the term Millennials really until this morning. "The American Spectator" had a really good article and description of these young adults going on children. What moved me the most in this article was it finally answered the question I've been asking as to how did obama win in 2012. This is what the author had to say :
"The Millennials embraced President Obama so tightly in both 2008 and 2012. This generation supported him by a margin of two to one in 2008. The strong support came even though we are by-and-large not very political. Millennials wanted a savior who could make a difference in the world, but would not make us work very hard for it. The president’s messiah narrative was perfectly in tune with those desires.
However, it has not taken them long to become disenchanted with this president and the current state of politics in general. The president’s approval amongst younger adults has already fallen to 52 percent. That is a precipitous drop."

So with that in mind, I guess the mexicans will get the jobs, the ME's will live in Mom and Dad's garage and they won't bother voting anymore as it just doesn't work for them, DUDE...

A Modest Scribler said...

Ken, I admire your patience with those liberal ME dummies who can't see that if they were to get $15 an hour fast food wages it would drive the owners out of business. Further, you should have asked the dummy just what effort and advanced skills is she/he applying toward microwaving a damned hamburger. Sigh.

A Modest Scribler said...

Ken, I admire your patience with those liberal ME dummies who can't see that if they were to get $15 an hour fast food wages it would drive the owners out of business. Further, you should have asked the dummy just what effort and advanced skills is she/he applying toward microwaving a damned hamburger. Sigh.

movingstar said...

I can only think that these idiots that are striking want the same wage as a person getting welfare. They figue if they have to work they want to be paid the same as the lazy people on welfare. I know there are people that really need help with welfare. I also know that if we cracked down on welfare fraud over half the people would be kicked off the program. The liberals would pull out the race card if they ever cracked down on welfare fraud. Bottom line is the worker is screwed.

Maria C said...
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Maria C said...

Admittedly, I belong to this generation "me" and I think this article is spot on! I busted my ass through high school and a private college to get a career or even feel deserving of a career-level salary. So it frustrates me when people who made bad life decisions, weren't (and still arent) college ready, and have no interest in working their way up feel *entitled* to a living they didnt earn. There are plenty of kids waiting for a summer job if these guys dont want them

Maria C said...

Admittedly, I belong to this generation "me" and I think this article is spot on! I busted my ass through high school and a private college to get a career or even feel deserving of a career-level salary. So it frustrates me when people who made bad life decisions, weren't (and still arent) college ready, and have no interest in working their way up feel *entitled* to a living they didnt earn. There are plenty of kids waiting for a summer job, fire these fuckers

A Modest Scribler said...

Maria, for each hard working and ambitious person like you there are now five who feel some form of entitlement, having grown up in the entitlement generation.

Thanks for your comments.