"I Work At McDonalds, But I Can't Afford To Eat There"

Tyler Durden's picture

For Shawndraka Mack, a 100% pay rise from her current $7.60 "would do just fine." While some employees turn to blood plasma donation, and most are on food stamps (and other benefits), the mother of two teenagers (on Medicaid) told Bloomberg Businessweek, “I love what I do, but I don’t want to work for nothing." Between the 40 hours a week she works and the benefits, Mack explains, “I work at McDonald’s and I can’t afford to eat there. It’s crazy.” Of course, McDonalds has 'tips' for surviving on their state-subsidized wages but once again, despite Harry Reid's extrapolated charts, the reality of raising the minimum wage is lost on most who never stop to think of where the 'money' comes from; and besides employees have little to no leverage as we explained here.

Via Bloomberg Businessweek,

Mack, who is 40, has been working in the fast food business for 18 years. For the past six, she’s been at a McDonald’s in South Carolina, working 40 hours a week and making $7.60 an hour. “I love what I do, but I don’t want to work for nothing. I want to work for something,” she says.




Her fiancé is on disability, and the $600 he receives every month goes toward insurance for her 1990 Honda Accord, the phone bill, and some spending money for the kids. Her salary covers gas for her commute, electricity, and everything else the family needs. The kids are on Medicaid.


The family gets $345 a month in food stamps. Mack says she goes to the grocery store once a month, and whatever she buys has to last until the next trip. She brings her lunch to work every day. “I work at McDonald’s and I can’t afford to eat there. It’s crazy.”




A few weeks ago, Mack joined the effort to raise fast-food workers’ wages to at least $15 an hour. “That would do me just fine,” she says. “I expect to stay at McDonald’s. I just want to get paid more for what I know and what I do. I want to make sure my kids have a better life than I do.”

The harsh reality bottom line is if she wants to be able to afford McDonalds or anything else, she should motivate herself to be something more than a minimum wage food service worker. Because the sad reality for her and millions of other minimum wage, zero leverage workers like her is that the robots are finally coming, and they don't demand food... or a wage.

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dcohen's picture

Well, maybe Bernanke can print burgers as well?

In the age of printing guns to printing money, who needs anything else but Ben Shalom Bernanke, he will just print everything for everyone forever to infinity.

Pure Evil's picture

Well, hopefully Obama will get amnesty fist rammed through congress so that she'll have plenty of competition for her shiity little job from people that won't complain as much as she does.

You would think with over 18 years in the Fast Food business she would have looked into becoming an assistant manger or shift manager or store manager along the way. She makes minimum wage cause she's either denser than a brick or lacks ambition to get ahead.

We'll be at the Idiocracy before the turn of the century the way things are going.

y3maxx's picture

Hitler's Rise to Power Explained

“”by hyperinflating currency to reduce debt, the govt also transfers all middle class wealth to the govt.

Conditions attract a Diktator.””

...Hitler utilized the Great Depression to ascend Power and Control...played on the Citizens’s Fears.

Then seized the Rights of the People from the Weimar Constitution

....Private Property Rights

.... the Right to Assemble,

...the Right to Privacy, in the Mail and the Telephone System

Economic Crisis leads to the Rise of a Diktator.

15:00 minute mark....


When Money Is Corrupted - Hidden Secrets Of Money

...Notice any comparison w/ Obama...

bonderøven-farm ass's picture

Why the Hell would anyone eat that crap, more less bitch about it....?!   Good fucking grief.  This country gets everything it deserves....

AldousHuxley's picture

"I work at ferrari dealership and I can't afford to drive a ferrari"

"I work at the white house and I can't afford a presidential dinner at $38,000/plate"


That's the whole point of your job. You can't afford to consume your most valuable export.


How about in other countries..."I work at XYZ, but I can't afford to eat."


Also anyone who is fat, little less food would be good.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Henry Ford is turning over in his grave.


Yenbot's picture

I doubt the temporarily suck-cess-full on here understand such depth, Herd. Henry Ford INCREASED worker's wages, LOANED them money to buy the Ford they were building on the production line, and kickstarted the American economy into a world-class ass kicking machine. He even pioneered cheap company housing and created the inexpensive charcoal briquette for affordable weekend barbeques. Hoo-rah for Henry.

James_Cole's picture

the reality of raising the minimum wage is lost on most who never stop to think of where the 'money' comes from

You mean the FedRes?

That mises article uses the same idiot arguments everyone uses. Anyway..

Capital can move, labour is stuck, that's all there is to it - it's been endlessly demonstrated that there needs to be a balance between these two. There are those who would love to make labour priced entirely on the global market but that would destroy local economies + usher in a new feudalism.

Compare countries with and without a minimum wage (and levels of minimum wage) and you may notice a trend...

There is ZERO evidence that having no minimum wage benefits an economy over time.

AldousHuxley's picture

The $5-a-day rate was about half pay and half bonus. The bonus came with character requirements and was enforced by the Socialization Organization. This was a committee that would visit the employees' homes to ensure that they were doing things the "American way." They were supposed to avoid social ills such as gambling and drinking. They were to learn English, and many (primarily the recent immigrants) had to attend classes to become "Americanized." Women were not eligible for the bonus unless they were single and supporting the family. Also, men were not eligible if their wives worked outside the home.


More than 15,000 would-be workers showed up to claim the $5-a-day jobs, though only about 3,000 were needed. Those left outside were angry, and eventually fire hoses were turned on to disperse the crowd.




I don't think Americans would mind paying extra for a burger if the workers lived the "American way"....no rap CD collection, no big screen TV, no lotto tickets, no alcohol or drugs, no Spanglish, no illegitimate children, no disability welfare, no food stamps, no obamacare.

rockface's picture

Haven't you noticed Socialism is creating the new feudalism?

James_Cole's picture

Worker owned + operated businesses are creating a new feudalism? Where?

jwoop66's picture

dont fuck up a good myth- Henry Ford was an evil robber baron capitalist.  He didn't do anything nice. for anyone.  ever.   Go head keep saying it, it'll become true...

cornflakesdisease's picture

He also had his goons shut off the water to check to see if you really took a dump in the toilet or were loafing.  He was no hero.  Right up there with JP Morgan and his ilk.

swedish etrade baby's picture

"what if earth is another planets hell". supposedly thats a Aldus huxley quote. I read that on a porn tumblr. You better leave the pornblogs alone Marissa Mayer! Yes,  im drunk

AldousHuxley's picture

They put nice looking females in charge in a male dominated industry when they are about to fuck you up.

Kind of like black president to screw over african americans and help the jew slumlord banksters.


well played elites.

Anusocracy's picture

McDonalds doesn't have a duty meal anymore?

Skateboarder's picture

Isn't that fucked up? I worked at a Subway at the end of high school and got a 6" every shift. Packed the shit out of that thing.

Iam_Silverman's picture

"got a 6" every shift"

Lucky you!  There are housewives everywhere getting less (although their husbands insist that it really is six inches).

cornflakesdisease's picture

Don't quit your day job, Mr. Dice Clay.

Oracle 911's picture


How about in other countries..."I work at XYZ, but I can't afford to eat."


But working in the cheapest (or almost the cheapest) restaurant/bistro-chain on the world and not being able to afford eat there, well it is not normal poverty it is advanced poverty in the so called richest country of the world.


Well it won't end well.

A Nanny Moose's picture

This time it's different.

joak's picture

Comparing Obama and Hitler is stupid. Obama is part of the system that lead to the problem. Hitler, as hated as he is, turned around a mess he had to deal with. Nazis economists implemented the "work standard", read Delaisi 'the european revolution', that explains the incredible German recovery during the 30ies, obtained without gold or foreign credit. Made with fiat by the way, but managed properly. But I guess it's easier to always bash the Germans on stories relayed by 60 years of non stop propaganda of the same mainstream media that everybody here seems to hate lol.

AldousHuxley's picture



Debt will set you free

Czar of Defenestration's picture

Ich *klaue* das!  (I'm stealin' *that* one!)  ;)

highly debtful's picture

Be careful with this theory of Hitler as an economic genius. First off, economics was one of his weak points, it did not even interest him all that much, only enough to know that he had to keep the sheeple fed and at work to keep him in power and that he would need to find lebensraum to keep his economic machine from stalling. 

In fact, his economic policies were so detrimental in the long run, what with his unproductive rearmament schemes and expensive infrastructure investments, that he told his generals in the second half of the thirties that he had to start a war somewhere before 1943 or the country would go bust. 

 So much for a sustainable economic policy.


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

And of course, his good friend Thyssen was the one who managed all the financing...

Double.Eagle.Gold's picture

I thought Grandpa Bush was his finance guy

DaveyJones's picture


we also don't prosecute his grandson (and friends)

Jeepers Creepers's picture

Also, don't forget the NAZI Party was short for National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus)

Hitler and the Nazi Party were creations of the Left.  The state taking control of major industries, price and wage controls, etc.  The media wants to link conservatives and Libertarians with Nazis, but they couldn't be further apart.

AldousHuxley's picture

smart elites name their politican party "Democratic People's Socialist Christian Republic Reform Party" to cover all bases


USSR's official name was "Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic" anything but communist

JuliaS's picture

Hitler offered a way out of a severe economic depression brough on through depasement of fiat currency. Banks tried to print their way out of trouble and it ended up in total national bankruptcy. Because of that radicalists came to power and did what they did... also in the name of greater good.

Germany had their problem with worker's unions, who refused to scale their demands in proportion to hardships brought on by WW1 debts and reparation payments. They demanded the pay as if things were still hunky dory. That's why one of the first measures of the Nazi government was to break up labor unions.

Also, since the Jews had a natural distrust in fiat and bailed ahead of everybody else, they ended up enriching themselves tremendously throughout 20's and 30's. With their precious metals they literally bought up Germany and became the central power class. So when Hitler needed money for the war campaign, they became a convenient target.

... and when the rest of the world joined the war party, they used the genocide as an excuse and justification for retaliation, when in reality they cared about Jews as much as Hitler himself. It was a resource redistribution campaign - the rush to secure oil fields, oil colonies and therefore the industrial future for the next 100 years.

God damnit, there are so many layers to this that it boggles the mind. But it's much simpler to say: "Hitler bad!" Also easy to say: "Obama's like Hitler".

Obama's not like Hitler. He's his own brand of tyrant. Fascism has evolved to the point where it can no longer resembles the thing from 50+ years ago. It's a well oiled machine. It's many systems rolled into one. It's the worst of everything this civilization has seen. I don't think it fits any definition. It's a hydra.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

“I love what I do, but I don’t want to work for nothing."

It's for the good of the collective and keep in mind your ambitions for your own prosperity are secondary to the State, you are our property, now get back to work!


Skateboarder's picture

"I work at McDonald’s and I can’t afford to eat there. It’s crazy.”'

They don't even give her shift meals and this is all she has to say? "It's crazy."? The brainwashing is complete guys!

kaiserhoff's picture

That's not nice.

It's funny and true, but not  nice.

Didn't yo Momma tell you, if you can't say something nice...;)

wisehiney's picture

That's what momma said, but granny said "He that takes advantage, gets advantage."

matt atsinger's picture

Why not raise the minimum wage in America for NON US citizens to $20/hr and make it retroactive 1 year that they could sue for if the return to country of origin? Keep US citizens lower so they get the job and the illegals have a reason to return and no reason to come back. They came here because it is profitable to do so. Stick it to the people that wanted the cheap slave labor and let them pay the relocation tab. The extra 10 grand or so could help them start up a business in their own country. I actually think black folk what get on board with this.Of course all the WHITE democrats (slavery party) would be opposed to the hefty fines and loss of nannies and gardeners.

I asked many balck folk if roofing houses for $10/hr insulting....They all said they wish they could get paid that knowing it is hard work....Funny, the illegals have no problem finding those jobs.


Chuck Walla's picture

26K a year and she ain't got nuttin? Dem kids be 'spensive. Where de  daddy? Oh, it be Braack!  Well, Braack, youse guilty of child abuse, den!




Wait till she gots to pay fo Obamacare!

I'm gonna bet dey gots tatts an' nose rings an nails, 2!

G-R-U-N-T's picture

“I love what I do, but I don’t want to work for nothing."

Welcome to Obamanomics, land of the collective and home of the enslaved!

Larry Dallas's picture

I'm thankful my name isn't "Shawndraka".

That's a name that definately doesn't belong on an EBT card. /sarc.

But as Pure Evil said, if O opens the floodgates, she will be forced to improver herself or quit and be a professional welfare queen.

Queen Shawndraka, that is.

prains's picture

just as Cyprus and Greece represents our futures as indentured nations with capitol controls,etc. McShitInyourPantsandLovinIt represents the future model for employment as well, indentured slaves with no leverage and no ability to improve.


Laugh now but your kids and grandkids will be sucking a giant Oligarchian Donkey Ball......... think about it before you blather on about lazy welfare queens, it's WAY MORE complicated than that retard version of events


it's a small KKKlub and ain't nun of us in it!!!!

Czar of Defenestration's picture

Congratulations!  YOU WIN the "Victim Of The Day" award.  Feel free to give yourself 10 *extra* lashes, comrade!

prains's picture

I've taken shits smarter than you, so please push one out that's got a little more meat on it next time, dipshiticus

Czar of Defenestration's picture

Why, YES...I certainly *can* imagine you *are* obsessed with your scatological strengths, since you haven't any others beyond whining.

A Professional OccuPooper, so to say.

prains's picture

imagination is not your cognitive strength, w.e.a.k.l.i.n.g

prains's picture



Oh Czar of Mental Constipation, impress away baby squirts.......



....left to argue with myself by a myopic troll with only one testicle between him/her and him/her friends....it's a sad day when fucking trolls have no stamina...McCheesedicks

DaveyJones's picture

I like to think my kids and grandkids will be fighting in the revolution