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Has anyone else heard that we're supposed to be boycotting fast food this week? Maybe it's just me and my bleeding heart liberal circles... but apparently all over the nation, workers are picketing and demanding that they earn at least $15 an hour, a salary that certainly resembles a living wage much better than current minimums.

I'll admit it, I eat fast food at least once a week. We'll be out and hit up Planet Sub, or Fazoli's. I probably go on McDonald's only once or twice a year but that's just because hamburgers aren't my favorite.

I should eat less fast food because I know it's bad for me, high in sodium and all that, but it's tough. I mean really I should not eat out at all. We should eat only dairy-free cruelty-free all organic fresh fruits & veggies from our back yard, but as I wrote yesterday, gardening is not a special talent of mine.

And here's my biggest issue with the fast food boycott: I gotta eat, so if I can't eat out I'll just buy more groceries, and grocery store clerks aren't exactly raking it in. How's that fair?

Then there's the inflation conflict that always comes up when we talk minimum wage. I mean sure we could all make $100 an hour, but then a loaf of bread could cost $50, and what's it gain you?

I'll try to support workers by not crossing picket lines this week, how's that? But I don't think I'm going to just boycott all fast food unless I see a darn good reason to do it. And I'll boycott Arby's. But that's more because they discontinued the mushroom swiss roast beef sandwich with the crunchy onions - I freaking loved that one. Limited time only specials do nothing but piss me off.



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Sep. 1st, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard that. I thought the boycott was last Thursday?
Sep. 1st, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
Actually, on raising the minimum wage...

"Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would inject about $450 billion into the economy each year. That would give more purchasing power to millions of poor and lower-middle-class Americans, and would stimulate buying, production and hiring." -- The Capitalist’s Case for a $15 Minimum Wage
By Nick Hanauer

"Raising McD's wages to $15 only adds $0.68 to Big Mac cost" Forbes, via the Daily Kos.

I don't think raising the minimum wage would directly result in higher prices, especially when top-level executives are so extremely highly paid, and it *would* help put money into the economy by giving many people more to spend.

All that said, everyone has to make their own choices for themselves. I don't believe in presenting boycotts as "what we're supposed to do this week", but in saying "this is what I'm doing and why. Please consider joining me; it's your choice."
Sep. 2nd, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
this.... everything she said.

DC Mayor has a bill sitting on his desk to raise it to living wage as they call it.

I can't help with the boycott either since we don't eat at fast-foods anyway. The only fast-food we have gone to is Chipotle, which promises to take care of their employees and put the freshest ingredients in its food! There are days I am a complete believer and then there are days I am a complete skeptic!
Sep. 1st, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
I am all for raising minimum wage, but raise mine too then since with my higher education, and the debts that come with it, and with a "competitive" wage job in my field, I barely make $15.00 per hour.
Sep. 1st, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Our minimum in the state here is higher than federal minimum, but it still needs to be higher. TBH it's exec salaries that are the problem, not the minimum wagers.

I can't really boycott fast food though, because I don't really eat it anyway. It's like that with a lot of boycotts...it doesn't really impact anything if I already don't buy there?
Sep. 2nd, 2013 05:40 am (UTC)
I heard that, and I decided to use it as another excuse to drive to the west side for Thai House.
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