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Old 05-07-2007, 06:51 AM
 
Location: VA
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I still have fond memories of working in Fast Food when I was a teenager in Minnesota. I thought it was good to learn hard work and make a few dollars. It also taught me how to interact with adults and manager types. It also taught me about workplace bullies, politics and poor management.

When my friends kids apply for fast food jobs here in Northern VA, they are ignored. Only immigrants are hired. The managers are immigrants and the workers mostly Hispanic. I knew one young white boy of 18 who had 2 years experience at McDonalds in another town who applied at 12 different McDonalds in the area and could not get hired. It was a project "experiment" for him. He was the wrong color, White.

I was in an economically depressed town (Erie, PA) a few weeks ago. When Walmart opened there was thousands of applicants for a few hundred jobs. They got the best and the brightest, regardless of race, and it was great for the shoppers. The same case for fast food. The workers were great. Maybe for customer service sake we need a recession.

So who works in fast food in your town?

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Old 05-07-2007, 07:24 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Anyone can get a fast food job here.
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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That's an interesting question and one I've noticed in my small city of upstate NY too. Not for the same reason you have.

I have found when I go most places that the service and cleanliness in fast food places runs the gamut from not so good to awful. That's not true here. Jobs are hard to find and so it's not unusual to find college grads working in these types of places. The service is excellent, friendly, and they're generally clean as a whistle.
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Fast Food workers near Sacramento tend to be high schools students.
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:30 PM
 
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Thats how it is in Hannibal
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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That's an interesting question and one I've noticed in my small city of upstate NY too. Not for the same reason you have.

I have found when I go most places that the service and cleanliness in fast food places runs the gamut from not so good to awful. That's not true here. Jobs are hard to find and so it's not unusual to find college grads working in these types of places. The service is excellent, friendly, and they're generally clean as a whistle.

It's like that in Northern PA as well.
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Fast Food workers near Sacramento tend to be high schools students.
Really? I live in Sacramento, and I would say that the make up of fast food workers are primarily Mexican, then senior citizens, then teenagers.
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:29 PM
 
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In Denver it was immigrants and generally adults with lower education looking for a job that might not have the skills for other work

- Here in South Dakota it is almost 100% teens with a few seniors.
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I still have fond memories of working in Fast Food when I was a teenager in Minnesota. I thought it was good to learn hard work and make a few dollars. It also taught me how to interact with adults and manager types. It also taught me about workplace bullies, politics and poor management.

When my friends kids apply for fast food jobs here in Northern VA, they are ignored. Only immigrants are hired. The managers are immigrants and the workers mostly Hispanic. I knew one young white boy of 18 who had 2 years experience at McDonalds in another town who applied at 12 different McDonalds in the area and could not get hired. It was a project "experiment" for him. He was the wrong color, White.

I was in an economically depressed town (Erie, PA) a few weeks ago. When Walmart opened there was thousands of applicants for a few hundred jobs. They got the best and the brightest, regardless of race, and it was great for the shoppers. The same case for fast food. The workers were great. Maybe for customer service sake we need a recession.

So who works in fast food in your town?
Simple answer - whoever wants to. The "ethnic/social makeup" really depends on the neighborhood, so I can't generalize like that. Do you have a point in this question?

And if that guy you mentioned couldn't get hired, even with experience at McDonald's, there's something you're not telling us (or aren't aware of)... I'm sure if I walked into McDonald's they'd hire me, no matter how many immigrants were waiting for applications.
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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That's an interesting question and one I've noticed in my small city of upstate NY too. Not for the same reason you have.

I have found when I go most places that the service and cleanliness in fast food places runs the gamut from not so good to awful. That's not true here. Jobs are hard to find and so it's not unusual to find college grads working in these types of places. The service is excellent, friendly, and they're generally clean as a whistle.
Gross. Those aren't college degree jobs. You don't spend tens of thousands to live like that and you can't afford even an apartment or a car on the salary. You can't live on 5.15 an hour unless you have public transportation and can spend 500 or less on an apartment a month.
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