- McJobs and Workers -

Well have a pop at this one then.

Posted by: Trolley Dolly ( Northern Ireland ) on September 09, 1998 at 11:28:28:

In Reply to: Popping balloons can invite rightwing wrath posted by Quincunx on September 01, 1998 at 00:37:51:

: One can if one decides to not engage in any critical enquiry at all and just surrender to a ruddy idea of loyalty and attach it to a McD's. Look at DT. Great example of misplaced love and loyalty. Such a sad story that millions love.

I wasn't sure which post to respond to here, but seeing as you referred to me here, I chose this one.

You continue to insist on lining me up (alongside Mike Bacon and McD Worker) at your corporate coconut shy, but if you had paid one bit of attention to my comments here you would realise that portraying me as some kind of cardboard cut out is unfair, unrealistic and downright ignorant.

I think that if you understood a little bit about how peoples circumstances dictate how they earn their living, you would realise how offensive your attacks are. I do not have the luxury of living a carefree existence (in a trailer or anywhere else) or the time to spend my days philosophising. I have responsibilities. I am the main wage earner in our house. I also have a mortgage, a two year old daughter and a husband who is studying for a Phd. Our lifestyle is far from ideal, in fact, we both agree that it is unsatisfactory and just an existence - at the moment. But we look forward to, and are aiming towards better times. Our situation dictates that in order to maintain our reasonably comfortable standard of living, I have to work, and earn above a certain threshhold. I work at McD's in order to fulfil this requirement, not out of some blind misguided loyalty to the golden arches. I could do a similar job somewhere else, it would be as equally contemptible to you. But it just so happens to be McDonald's. You see, that is why I always take offence to your often ignorant posts. You never examine why I am actually working there. My long term goals do not have McD's in them. I most definitely can see the flaws in the McSystem. A lot more closely and at first hand than you can, sometimes. But you are not interested in that side of what I say, you merely fly in there like a heat seeking missile and torpedo everything that you don't like.

It may by a sad indictment of the way our society is that I and many others have to work in a job that is not particularly fulfilling, but it is true for many millions of people. And don't tell me I need a union and everything will be sunshine and birdsong. McD's for me is a stepping stone to somewhere else. I have ideas for my future, but there are a lot of considerations for me to take along the way. If I could toss it all up in the air tomorrow, I would. But, unfortunately, I need the money ! This however, does not stop me holding certain opinions about the way the company and it's people operate. Nothing surprises me anymore. Reading this site, and following the McLibel trial has made me a whole lot more cynical about the company. Maybe, sometime in the future, when I am no longer in their employ, I will go into more detail, but not now. I have given away far more about myself in this post than I ever wanted to. I've probably been identified by McD's by now, and quite frankly, I don't know why I'm so bothered. If there's any repercussions I can always fall back on the IWW, can't I ???

The one important thing I want you to realise Qx is that you must not write off what I have to say as McSpeak. I can understand the motivations and loyalties of you wobblies. Do you now understand me and mine ? Until you do, you really have no right to speculate about my situation.

Yours MOST sincerely,



McSpotlight: Well said, TD. A cogent summary of the situation facing a lot of people in the Western world.

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