Yesterday, I discussed the futility and stupidity of the fast food strike. Today, I was able to get to three fast food restaurants today and it was a pretty good experience. At McDonald's this morning, because I go to work so early, there was no wait. I had the same order-taker as on other mornings on the drive-through. She seemed unaware of the strike when I asked her about it.
Subway had the usual lunch line and we moved through with the usual alacrity. That particular restaurant is near a military base that seems to have only lunch trucks, so they do a brisk business. I saw much of the same staff that I normally see. One worker said that they didn't have anyone missing.
As expected, dinner at In-N-Out was the best experience (except for the usual long line, pictured above). (No real names used here, either). I asked my server Vick why he wasn't on strike. His response made me smile. "On strike? We're never on strike. Why would we go on strike? This is a great company to work for." Then he double-checked my order before transmitting it to the kitchen from his tablet. When I went to pay, Mindy also checked my order. Finally, Tom checked my order a third time and I drove away with fries and a cheeseburger the grilled onions that I love.
The U-T is reporting that 100 people showed up to picket in front of the Wendy's downtown. I assume only a few of those folks were actual workers, based on past reports of how the SEIU rolls. That means that 7900+ workers, by the U-T's conservative estimate of 8,000 workers, showed up for work today. I am certain that more than 99% of the workers made their shift today.
Going back to Vick, I have to ask "what is wrong with the unions?" Vick was a genuinely happy young man. I was a happy customer and for only $4.16. In-N-Out was happy that their employees gave good service today. What's not to like?
To those who think fast food has to be fattening, my calories from fast food came to just over 1500 today (I only ate half the fries at In-N-Out). None of my meals were veggie, either, sorry W.C. However, I did top up my dinner with some Rogue Dead Guy ale, which added a little to the mix.
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