Working hard in fast food
Regarding the letter “Workers must earn higher pay” (Sept. 25): I was totally offended.
People in the fast-food industry work hard and put up with a lot. As someone with many years’ experience in housekeeping, I know the situation: Most people don’t want these jobs. Most fast-food workers do three jobs in one: food preparer, cashier and janitor.
Many kids are working in fast food as a first job and come from families that can’t afford to give them anything. Most of these kids are planning for college and some are already there.
My daughter, a medical student, works in fast food to support herself while taking classes because she has children and government aid can’t do everything.
The letter writer, Wesley Cedar, had a bad experience at a fast-food establishment. Everyone has. But his idea that this only happens where people lack special skills is invalid. People need specialized skills, but they aren’t perfect workers incapable of failure.
Knowledge is a must, but skills are an attribute of practice and experience, in which making mistakes causes one to grow, learn and become better at whatever he does.
Finally, employers hire those willing to do the jobs for the wages they are willing to pay. Special skills or not, thank God for the people who do the jobs nobody wants. People may complain and look down their noses at some, but they’ll be back in that drive-through tomorrow.
I think Mr. Cedar was inconsiderate and should reconsidered his position.