: : ...compare all the hourly wages we maccas workers get from different areas (of course subject to said workers approval of letting others know their wages) to find out which regions of the world McDs is exploiting the least (money wise)...sure you could argue that they are exploiting equally all around the world but what it boils down to is that money matters more to most kid workers than caring about a rainforest in another country.
: You keep mentioning these 'exploited' workers. Is Mcdonalds somehow forcing people to work for them against their will? Or are they merely exchanging currency for willfully volunteered labor? It's pretty hard to exploit someone who has willfully entered into a contract and is free to quit whenever they see fit. Be careful how and when you use the word exploited.
I think you are severely misrepresenting the nature of neo-capitalism (which McDonalds is symbolic of, to many of us), or modern day wage slavery, when you say that corporations aren't exactly 'exploiting' people who have 'wilfully entered into a contract and [are] free to quit whenever they see fit' because the choice of wage slavery or starvation is not a real choice. Further, it is not the choice a humane society would demand an individual make. Thus, when people have to put (nutritious) food on the table, they are unable to wilfully enter into a contract of employment. There is no choice. Work or starve. That is not 'wilful' employment; at a societal level it is downright coercive, manipulative and oppressive. At a societal level you cannot 'quit' unless you 'wilfully' choose starvation: if one corporation don't get ya, the next surely must. So, no, McDonalds may not be 'forcing' people to work against their will on an individual level, but at a societal level many, many people are forced into inhumane, degrading, low-wage jobs (ever heard of the theory of surplus value? where do McProfits come from?), where there is no trust in staff to do things a little differently to the formula, hence little self-initiative and little scope for self-improvement. And McDonalds leads the pack. Not to mention the openly political role McDonalds plays: note the ease with which impressionable, malleable 15 year olds can get work at McDonalds and be imbued with the warm and fuzzy corporate ideologies that will last a lifetime.