SecondTalon wrote:puppies exploded, producing smaller, cuter puppies**
**Thanks, whoever it was that wrote something similar to this elsewhere.
To throw my $.02 in... My first job was working at McDonald's for over a year at $6.75 an hour, usually 30 hours a week, while I was in high school. Eventually the job got so bad that I took a pay cut (down to $5.50, and fewer hours per week) to go work at a video rental store, where the work didn't involve breakneck speeds, cleaning up after disgusting people, coming home stinking of grease, dealing with horrific management, or stuffing myself fat on free food.
I actually prefer mindless work (although not as a career); since my days in retail I've gone on to temp work and from there to data entry, which pays reasonably well for someone my age, lets me zone out, and as a bonus doesn't involve dealing with people.
People don't respect minimum-wage workers for a few reasons:
-Workers are likely to be people not as respected for other reasons, such as teenagers or immigrants.
-Workers simply don't make much money; like it or not, wealth is one way we know to give or withhold respect.
-Workers are expendable. Even when you go to the same restaurant often, you end up seeing new faces too often for them to become anything more than moist robots to you.
-In addition to that, workers are trained and expected to conform to a single standard of behavior and even speech, so that most signs of individuality are hidden. To most people, there are not hundreds of McDonalds employees, there is one Employee who, again, they don't really care about.
-Minimum-wage workers, especially in the service industries, are the closest a modern corporation comes to representation for most people. The face of McDonalds isn't the CEO or anybody who makes the decisions; it's, again, Employee, so a lot of people get abuse that's probably intended for the soul-sucking, greedy corporation as a whole.
I doubt much of that is going to go away.