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Fast Food Nation. Chapter 3 Behind the Counter

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Tim Panella

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Fast Food Nation. Chapter 3 Behind the Counter
Tim Panella, Colleen Connolly, Caitlyn Bandy
Colorado Springs
Colorado Culture
Due to the influx of millions of white middle class individuals, the area is now strongly republican.
Micky D's!
Targeted Workers

One of the fastest growing cities in the nation
"About a third of the city's inhabitants have lived there less than five years" Pg.61
The city is entirely dependent on military spending
There's very low unemployment rate due to the very developed city.
"In 1967, Colorado springs had a total of twenty chain restaurants, it now has twenty-one Mcdonalds" Pg.65
These new immigrants from California, and the businesses they brought, brought a new set of attitudes and values towards life.
McDonalds uses helicopters to asses regional growth patterns to look for cheap land with growing populations.
This new technology allows our chain restaurants to spy on us with the same technology used in the cold war
No matter how big these corporations seem to get they need new restaurants, more customers, and more money.
Teenagers have always been the primary job takers at fast food industries.
Nowadays "The fast food industry now employs some of the most disadvantaged members of american society" Pg.71
Cheaper Than You Think
McDonalds hates spending time and money on training employees, so they make there jobs easier to do right than wrong
"If there are instructions, make them very simple, write them at a fifth grade level, and write them in spanish and english" (p. 72)
McDonalds has accepted hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies for "training" employees.
Chain restaurants keep labor costs to a bare minimum
Deceiving Workers
Stroking: A posistive reinforcement technique used by managers
The trait most valued in fast food workers is obedience.
McDonalds "one of the most anti-union companies on the planet"
Victims of Their Own Success
Teenagers seek desireable jobs, while fast food restaurants are at the "bottom of the heap"
Working long hours for minimum wage threatens many American teenagers future educational and financial success
Teenagers are far more likely to be untrained, and every year, about 200,000 are injured on the job
Fast Food Kills
Roughly four or five fast food workers are now murdered on the job every month, usually during a robbery.
Industry studies show about two thirds of robbery at fast food restaurants involve current or former employees
Combination of low pay, high turnover, and ample cash in the restaurant often leads to crime
"When people are treated with dignity and respect, they're less likely to steal from their employer" p. 84
Behind The Counter
Fast food jobs are more than what meets the eye.
Workers are not valued
It's a trap
It's NOT just a fast food restaurant
Class Discussion
Have you or anyone you know ever worked at a fast food chain, and if so how long was the training process? Can you describe the employee staff? (Age, education, how long the average employee stayed, hours worked.)
Class Discussion
How have the towns you grew up in changed as time has gone on? Do you notice expanision and towns becoming modernized?
Schlosser, Eric. "Chapter 3." Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. 59-88. Print.
Class Discussion
In your experience, when you encounter issues at work how do you go about approching the issue? And how have your boss's/supervisors handled the situation?
Class Discussion

Do you think that fast food restaurants do enough to protect their employees?/If not, what do you think that they could do to protect them more and prevent robberies?
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