Well, they can always eat cake.
You sound very concerned and empathetic Paul. You're such a feeling person. We need more people like you with your kind of sensitivity to others' needs. Will you be setting aside a 1/4 of your salary in the New Year to donate toward the shift meals of McDonald workers? You're certainly not just going to write about it, or not eat there. You are SuperPaul, man of ACTION!…
"No choice?" - Really now. One can make a meat sauce spaghetti dinner or a taco dinner for six cheaper than six Big Macs w/Fries combo meals.
Living wage? Are they all dying or something?
Random thought: why aren't there adult meals, along the nutritional guidelines of kid meals? I've never seen them offered at burger joints. A targeted box, maybe with website info (for all the underemployed people there for the free wifi, ahem).

Meal: a small sandwich, a small salad, apple slices, kid-sized fries, water/juice/milk. Those ingredients are on the a la carte menu, it's nothing new, but it's healthier than the soda/fries/big sandwich marketed to adults. Not that I mind getting a kid meal and giving the toy to someone who has kids. It's just a better bundle of choices to be eating, made easy to order and with a marketable advertising space on the box.

Yeah, yeah: fast food is horrible. It's still a reality. In some areas, though, it's the best "restaurant" on the bus route or near work. Some people work two jobs and that's the one hot meal that isn't a bucket of stress in their week.

Fast food places are already everywhere, so better nutrition there would have a wider benefit. It wouldn't be that hard to put better combos on the menu.

This notion is predicated on the idea that these places give a toss about the longevity of their patrons or the sustainability of their products. I realize this is a fantasy, but I can hope. Hope is the one thing I can definitely do.
@6 why won't the po' eat broccoli?
" the idea that these places give a toss about the longevity of their patrons"

Ahhh, those patrons. So devoid of personal responsibility. They're like children aren't they? If only we could help them somehow?
How do we get the po' to eat their veggies? Take away their phone privileges? Time outs? Tell them no dessert?
That reminds me, I wonder if the McDonalds in Crown Hill (along Holman Road) still has the McRibb like they said was "back" a week ago....…
eat shit and die
I can get a lb of salmon at Fred Meyer on sale for $5 to $8 a pound. Yellow fin potatoes, 69 cents a pound. Vegetables, $1 to $2 pound.

Assuming an adult portion would be a quarter pound of each, that means I can create dinner for 4 for under $10 or for around the prize of a bag of supersized fast food.


Suppose I opened up a fresh salmon, yellow finn potato and kale fast food restaurant with a drive-thru, selling quarter-pounds of each portion in a meal package for $5.

How quickly do you think I would go bankrupt?
eat, shit and die

That, apparently, is what you and your ilk prefer to do, as my essay (#13) challenges.
@13: Given all the other costs of running a restaurant, and the fact that food costs should typically be less than one-third of overall costs, you'd be out of business pretty quickly. (Not even factoring in your lack of business or common sense...)

Yes, but remember those are retail prices I'm quoting. I imagine if I bought direct and in bulk.

Still it would be kind of a funny YouTube-y experiment.

Put up this "Healthy & Quick" restaurant right next to a fast food place, and offer astounding meals for the same price and see if anyone has an interest.

I am imagining many puzzled grins and upturned noses at the though of giving up even a single bacon, egg and cheese for a Steelhead salmon, whipped potatoes with organic cream and Swiss chard Deluxe, but that's just the cynic in me.
McDonald's is basically saying "don't get high on your own supply".
A) You're having to imagine those upturned noses because that kind of thing is not available ANYWHERE for that price. Restaurants offering that type of fare charge much more than $5, which is a major reason many people eat McDonald's etc. instead. Please do start such a thing and prove your own cynicism wrong.

B) There are also some people who would look at such a meal suspiciously because it's unfamiliar, which comes from the vast class divide. The answer to that is not to scoff at them and feel self-righteous about your own food choices; it's to present the healthier choices in a less class-biased and elitist-sounding way. If you had a "Healthy & Quick" restaurant, I think you'd do better (at least in some areas) to advertise that particular meal as a "healthy fish breakfast sandwich" and then give the fancy-pants description in the fine text rather than the other way round.
@19 hey that's how I get my two year old to eat well. Glad to hear someone else thinks the po' need to be treated like two year olds.
Each worker gets one free meal per shift. You bet every single one eats that meal rather than pays out of their own pocket to bring a lunch. They don't get paid enough to throw away free food like that.
When I worked at McDonalds about 15 years ago there were no free meals unless you did some extra shift or a total crap job the manager on duty bribed you to do with free food. McDonalds isn't Starbucks in that respect

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