Wages

Letter | Fast-food worker assumptions invalid, insulting

September 17, 2013 

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About 50 fast-food workers and supporters marched along South Boulevard Thursday morning, August 29, 2013, stopping in front of a Taco Bell restaurant as they participated in a nationwide event protesting low wages. Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities around the country, part of a push to get chains such as McDonaldÕs, Taco Bell and WendyÕs to pay workers higher wages. DAVIE HINSHAW, dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

DAVIE HINSHAW — dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

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Re: Sept. 7 letter from John Schaeffer, “Fast-food workers should quit whining about wages”

How can you just assume that everyone who works in the fast food industry is lazy or single and has children and no substantial education and since they made any of the choices mentioned above they need to stop complaining and live with their choices and just accept the low wages they are paid?

Bravo for your achievements in life, but things were very different 50 years ago, don't compare then and now and don't call people who work lazy. They are working, not sitting home collecting money from the government, you need money to get the schooling needed to learn a skill.

Maybe these so called lazy workers are using the money made in the fast food industry to go to school to obtain a skill. Maybe 50 years ago when asked what experience you had in a certain profession you could answer, “none, but I learned how to do it from a book” and that was your skill training.

Maybe you should apply for a job at one of the fast food restaurants and see what it is like, at least it will keep you busy, give you some pocket change, and you will see just how hard it is to keep up the pace and deal with some of the patrons and just how intelligent those lazy people are.

Mr. Schaeffer, please sit down and think about what you wrote and remember that things are not always what they seem. You can't judge people by how they look, where they live, work, their level of education, religion, political preference, but how they treat you and what they are like as a person. What they do with their lives and how much they want to complain about anything is up to them and none of your or anyone else's business.

Life is what you make it, whether rich or poor, well educated or not, but it is not for you to judge others as they are not to judge you.

In my opinion, if you do not feel bad about how you belittled people in your letter then there has to be something wrong with you.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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