In theory: any job is better than no job. True or false?
The Katrina thread, which made me laugh at Charlie Goose's post so hard I almost peed myself (another story) got me thinking about another subject dear to my heart: lazy-ass people who don't want to work. I write this at my desk on work time, of course.
If you are facing unemployment, is any job better than no job? Would you work at McDonald's if that was all you could find? Why or why not?
This should be good. Hand me the popcorn!
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The questions is not whether any job is better than no job. It's whether any money is better than no money.
In that case, you have to balance welfare and unemployment vs. McDonald's income. Seriously, if you have a family to feed and it's a temporary situation, sometimes you "earn" more money by not working. Independent of that, yes, I'd take any job I could find if I was unemployed.
Wasn't there a thread about a year ago where one poster went off about how some jobs were "beneath" him and how he'd never work at McDonald's?
Yes. Crap jobs lead to better jobs. Unemployment leads nowhere.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baronís cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C.S. Lewis
I worked for a professional fundraising firm for about a week, in a non "customer" capacity. The people there preyed on the elderly using guilt and fear (i.e. how would you feel if your grandson/granddaughter was missing and there was no group to help look for him). The whole place was legalized robbery if you ask me.
You couldn't pay me enough to rob someone nor pay me enough to swindle someone out of their money.
Why does everyone hate on working at McDonalds? It is an honest job where a young kid can get a job and learn the value of a dollar... a unemployed person can make an honest buck or an handicapped person can contribute to society and earn some self worth (not that they shouldn't have self worth because of being disabled)
of course it's not a dream job but i think it is a decent stepping stone
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sometimes all it takes is a slammin' hottie to make you dig down deep and discover who you really are - Scrubs
I have a relative that works at McDonald's. He has been there for 20 + years and is now a regional franchise manager making over 6 figures with a company car.
Laugh all you want
He started out as a night manager making $18k/year and just stuck with it. I won't go into the stock he has accumulated over that time and how much it is now worth, you can look up MCD and see the history.
I don't think people are "hating on" McDonald's - it's just the best example to get at the fundamental question, here. Working as a McDonald's cashier is job that nearly anyone can get at anytime (due to turnover / financial performance of the company), it's not gross (and avoids that issue), it's not immoral (and avoids that issue), and is about as low paying (as a cashier/burger flipper) as you can get. At the same time, there's a stigma associated with being a newly minted McDonald's cashier if you're over the age of 18.
Not to take away from people who work at McDonald's. Obviously, there are many people who work for McDonald's and make more than we'll (collectively) ever see in our lives. The use of the company is simply due to its pervasiveness.