The article referenced is Fast Food Workers Plan To Strike Nationwide Thursday and the pertinent passage is
Shaniqua Davis, 20, lives in the Bronx with her boyfriend, who is unemployed, and their 1-year-old daughter. Davis has worked at a McDonald’s a few blocks from her apartment for the past three months, earning $7.25 an hour. Her schedule varies, but she never gets close to 40 hours a week. “Forty? Never. They refuse to let you get to that (many) hours.”
Her weekly paycheck is $150 or much lower. “One of my paychecks, I only got $71 on there. So I wasn’t able to do much with that. My daughter needs stuff, I need to get stuff for my apartment,” said Davis, who plans to take part in the strike Thursday.
She pays the rent with public assistance but struggles to afford food, diapers, subway and taxi fares, cable TV and other expenses with her paycheck.
“It’s really hard,” she said. “If I didn’t have public assistance to help me out, I think I would have been out on the street already with the money I make at McDonald’s.”
Time to point out the obvious.
Julia, oops I mean Shaniqua, is an adult. She is over 18 and has a child. These decisions she made as an adult. The child’s father is present and unemployed. Is he on unemployment, disability, or welfare himself?
She’s been working for 3 months, so she’s ‘low man’ on the roster and with attitude displayed, is probably not the most productive, approachable, available or valuable employee. The low paycheck confirms this.
She wants stuff yet she takes subways & taxis in NYC (…a few blocks from her apartment …)… has she ever heard of walking? She has cable TV and therefore a TV… does the baby need diapers and food past what her WIC, SNAP, her paycheck and public assistance provides or is she providing for all three of this household by her own adult choice. Speaking to her living quarters, who is paying for it? Section 8?
Starting to see waste, fraud, and abuse? I do!
And Julia, oops again, Shaniqua… McDonald’s is not a career, it is a launch point for teens to acclimate in gaining exposure to working and scheduling life’s demands. McDonald’s is also an opportunity for the elderly to ease out of the working life, remain active until fully retiring.
One final thought, if you are striking, once again, you are making yourself unavailable to work certain hours. I’m betting that you can, will, and should be replaced!