Have you read the latest? Hell! It may not be the latest, but seeing as how it takes me awhile to crank up my computer to get it running, months may go by before I find out the latest. But now that I have my computer cranked up, what the hell? It appears that Wendy’s is going to fire workers and replace them with kiosks. Those overpaid workers who have been working for an hourly wage of $7.25 just did not know when they had it so good! Why can’t they just enjoy coming to work with ‘pink eye’ and then upon finishing their shift, have a nice, relaxing nap inside a cardboard box underneath an overpass? Why must they need health insurance and a ‘living wage’?
“Oh, so you’re going to shout and jump up and down that you need a ‘living wage’? Okay! We’ll see about that! Out you go and in with automation! No need to pay you $15 an hour. Why can’t you get a ‘real’ job anyway? Too dumb? Too lazy? This job was for kids, so why are you 49 and working here at Wendy’s?”
This is wrong on so many levels, it is unreal. Jobs have been outsourced for decades and the fallback jobs have always been in retail and in the fast food industries. These jobs, at one point in time, were touted as jobs for kids who were just starting college and I know this to be true because when I was in college, I worked in retail. But suffice it to say, there were more older workers on the sales floor than there were college students. I was only working to put gas in my car for the purposes of partying and having a good time. But the majority of the workforce was there because it was their only source of income for the necessities of life, i.e., mortgage/rent/ lights, telephone, medical bills; the whole nine yards.
And here we are with this scenario still playing out all across this country and the fast food industry seems hell bent on shaming workers who are attempting to make a living. These workers are not asking for wages that would have them eating caviar and sipping the finest French wines every night. These workers are fighting for their survival and they are fighting for the survival of their children. Not to mention the fact that if they simply gave up and got on welfare, we would be shaming these people.
We need to, for once, let go of the me, me, me selfish attitude and try to put ourselves in these workers shoes. How would we like it if our good paying job had been outsourced to Mexico or Bangladesh and we had to turn to flipping burgers at Wendy’s? There goes the mortgage payment. There goes the health insurance. There goes the means to getting to a job. Have you forgotten the man who walked 20 miles to work for 10 years because his $10.55 an hour job did not cover the cost of keeping a roof over his head, not to mention the $15,000 a year in insurance premiums for I guess, driving in Detroit? And the lamestream media refused to concentrate on the ‘elephant’ in the room; the fact that a man had been walking to a job for 10 years and after 10 years, he was only ‘earning’ $10.55 an hour. That is not just completely and totally ridiculous and ludicrous, it is a travesty! But this man’s plight, according to all news outlets was solved when a stranger came to Mr. Robertson’s rescue and raised money for him so that he could purchase a vehicle to get him to and from work. Did the news media concentrate on the low wages the man was receiving after having worked at the same company for at least 10 years? Of course not! Because what is in charge of what news we get? Corporations! And according to one corporation, another corporation can do no wrong.
If you think that the workers who are fighting for a $15 minimum wage are crazy to ask for this, try to keep in mind that your job could be the next to get replaced by either automation or by getting outsourced. Where will you find employment? At Wendy’s? Not so fast! A kiosk will have taken that job. People need to understand that what affects one, has the potential to affect all. And the people who are not working, are either too sick to work any longer, are too old to work or are too rich to need to work. Which category will you soon fit in? And I do not believe that it will be the latter and another sad fact is that Wendy’s is not alone in replacing humans with machines. Pretty soon, machines will be making your burger and when that happens, tell the machine to eat the goddamn burger it prepared. But before it gets to that point, we all need to send a message to Wendy’s and McDonald’s and to any other fast food restaurant that is replacing workers with kiosks that when confronted with a kiosk, out the door, we go! It is not that these corporations aren’t making any money, it is just that their greed is boundless! Corporations would not lose a beat by simply paying workers, a living wage.
My favorite restaurant is Fogo de Chao because their salad bar is like no other, but if they were to replace their workers who are absolutely fantastic with kiosks, I would never set foot inside a Fogo de Chao ever again. It is high time we stop taking this affront to our right to a decent wage, up the ass and instead, give these greedy ass corporations, a goddamn taste of their own medicine. Without us buying or consuming their product, their bottom line will look like the paycheck of a Wendy’s employee. Something to think about.