McDonald's CEO: Fast food leads to 'real careers'

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  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    May 23, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    Face reality: a job that requires almost no qualification, training, or education is not worth much monetarily and never will be. Complaining about low wages at McDonald's is simply a display of economic ignorance.

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    May 23, 2014 7:00 a.m.

    In no other country in the world does a CEO's bonus's etc equal the huge increases seen in the United States. The poor and middle class will not spend more on fast food and dining out until they have more descrtionary income. The salaries have not kept up with the inflation costs of everything from food to gas. Its a simple Economics 101 problem that the CEO's keep ignoring. But here is my question, if every company paid their employees a beyond welfare wage, wouldn't more people buy more fast food? My answer is yes they would, not that its the healthiest for them but when people go to McDonald's its usually as a treat for their children. Might want to think about that more before all your employees go to work for Costco and Winco? Greed is a truly ugly thing.

  • jej SANDY, UT
    May 23, 2014 6:51 a.m.

    If you apply yourself you can get great jobs that pay well without a college degree. I graduated high school with fast food experience and immediately got a job in a mail room earning 10/hr. The problem isn't minimum wage. The problem is you. I have never been happy with low wages so I found better jobs. I am your average joe schmoe and if I can do it anyone can do it.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 23, 2014 6:25 a.m.

    This protest plan needs a little work. Showing up at a shareholder meeting to demand that the company increase payroll costs seems to be the wrong venue.
    Or is it just me?

  • Soreasan Bountiful, UT
    May 23, 2014 12:22 a.m.

    "Shawn Dalton traveled from Pittsburgh, and said her daughter is a recent high school graduate who can't afford to go to college right away, so she'll likely wind up earning Pennsylvania's $7.25-an-hour minimum wage.

    'That won't get her an apartment, that won't buy a bus pass, that won't buy food,' said Dalton, 59. 'She'll either have to depend on welfare or depend on me.' "

    I'm a college student in my 20's right now and I'm going to say point blank that these are unrealistic expectations. My friends in their 20's have multiple room-mates per apartment. Many of us come from families with multiple people living in the same house. A teenager expecting their own apartment right out of high school is crazy. In this economy it's completely unrealistic as well for most parents to kick their children out right at 18. If you want your children to succeed you will most likely have to offer some help during the college phase. However if a young adult is willing to get a useful college degree or other vocational training it's possible to be independent in the 20's.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    May 23, 2014 12:21 a.m.

    I believe most people would agree that fast food entry-level jobs were never intended to support a household. The problem is that there are so many immigrants (legal and illegal), uneducated U.S. citizens and teenagers vying for those jobs. Kids can get a summer job any more.

    "I want MY $15.00" tells the tale. It's NOT THEIR $15.00. It's the corporation's $15.00. If you don't want a minimum wage job then do well in high school, i.e. go to class everyday, do homework, graduate on time with your class! Then go to college or a trade school and learn how to do something.

    I'm sure it's frustrating to try to raise children on minimum wage jobs. The obvious answer is to stop having children you can't afford.

  • sprywolf Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2014 10:43 p.m.

    I agree with the CEO, Fast food can lead to real careers. The problem is most people don't want to put forth the work to earn more money or be promoted. That is why they are pushing for $15.00 minimum wage for the same work.