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Fast Food Nation
Transcript of Fast Food Nation
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Rural town with small town businesses, military bases, and an exceptional amount of tourism
The flood of Californians rushing into Colorado Springs caused a rise in the restaurant industry.
Colo. Sprg's aerospace technologies are not only used for science, but McDonald's is a huger purchaser in satellite photography to "predict sprawl from outer space."
Something to think about: "The streets had patriotic names, and the cattle ranch down the road was for sale."
Simple jobs such as filling drink orders, slicing tomatoes, and even salting fries have been simplified into one-button machines.
The ultimate reason for the watering down of basic tasks is to allow the chains to hire teens, the elderly, and even immigrants with out needing to train them as much as before.
Short worded signs with multitudes of pictures and instructions are plastered to every machine to make training videos unnecessary.
Even though there is little to none training involved, chains have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies from the government for "training" their workers.
Chain restaurant operators and executives gathered in Los Angleles for the 38th Annual Multi-Unit Foodserver Operators Conference.
James C. Doherty actually is human and challenges,"How can workers look to this industry for a career when it pays the minimum wage and provides them no health benefits?"
Sadly Doherty is massively overshadowed by Norman Brinker who asked everyone one to give more money to the industry's key lobbying groups and claimed he would like to be stricken dead if the minimum wage would be raised. The crowd cheered in compliance with his ideas.
Revealing the Facade of the White Collared Wonder Breads
Computerization of Every Day Jobs
Colorado jurisdiction claims that no worker under sixteen is to work for more than three hours on a school day or no later than seven o'clock at night and those under eighteen no more than eight hours a day and restriction for heavy hazardous machinery. Violation of these federal and state laws are common in almost every fast food restaurant.
Some students work seventy to eighty hours a week while only being paid for forty.
A teacher at Harrison High School worries about the number of students who rush to work after school and the number of hours they work.
"... their youthful experience makes them easier to control."
"They've got to crawl before they can walk."- Bill Signer, chief lobbyist for Committee for Employment Opportunities
Crusty-Eyed Sleep Deprived McDrones
Managers use "stroking" as a tactic to keep workers calm and less likely to realize the corporate slaves that they are.
Make them feel valued, heard, and most of all to remind them of the honor and great fortune they have of working there.
This strategic effort is significantly cheaper than raising wages or paying overtime.
Taco Bell managers falsified workers' time cards in 2001 in order to get productivity bonuses while the workers themselves were not getting paid at all for their extra work.
The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Chapter 3: Behind the Counter
Stroking: The Honor of Being Underpaid and Over Worked
Eric, Schlosser. Fast Food Nation. New York: HarperCollins, 2002. Print.
Literary Device Analysis
Fast Food Robberies with a Side of Revenge
Fast Food Restaurants are more targeted by robbers rather than gas stations and the like.
Four or five fast food workers are now murdered on the job every month and it is the leading cause of workplace fatalities among women.
Two thirds of fast food robberies involve current of former employees.
The typical employee steals up to $218 a year and new employees stole about $100 more.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommended changes from a corporate level to increase safety while decreasing chance of crime.
The National Restaurant Association enlisted more than one hundred congressmen to oppose this movement.
"Who would oppose putting out guidelines on saving women's lives in the work place?" Former head of OSHA, Joshua Dear, told a
reporter. "The companies that employ those women."
"No other American industry," Joesph A. Kinney, president of National Safe Workplace Institute notes, "is robbed so frequently by its own employees."
I'm Lovin' It
English is now the second language of at least one-sixth of the nation's restaurant workers, and about one-third of that group doesn't speak English at all.
They speak "McDonald's English."
How's That for an American Dream?
used for the reader to witness Colorado Springs untouched innocence, "The lights dwindle as the city gives way to the plans; at the horizon the land looks darker than the sky."
used to stun the reader with an unexpected gruesome scene to portray violence and injustice, "The bodies lay in an empty restaurant as a burglar alarms rang, game lights flashed, a vacuum cleaner ran, and Chuck E. Cheese mechanical animals continued to perform children's songs.
Eric Schlosser uses an excessive amount of statistics and facts to showcase his argument. This chapter is flawlessly objective with out an opinionated phrase to be found. Schlosser also throws astounding quotes and anecdotes into the mix while occasionally pausing to drop the mic and let the daunting facts sink in.
Chapter 3: Behind the Counter uses Colorado Springs for a giant example of what the fast food industry has done and is continuing to do. In this chapter the CEO's ultimate motive and their plans of getting what they want is revealed. It also is made clear that the corporate offices are well aware of their employees underpaid and overworked slave status and have always intended it to be that way. They've just about clipped the wings of the workers and made them too in debt and too dependent to even think of going anywhere else for a job. And that was the plan all along. This chapter unveils the harsh realities of working at fast food restaurants and the future of the ones who chose to work there.