Friday, November 11, 2011

McDonald's is always hiring....

      Earlier this month, some members of the Chicago Board of Trade showered protesters of the Occupy Chicago movement with applications from McDonald's. Oh those wacky traders, those wacky elitist traders! That's hilarious...well, not really hilarious. It's more like smug, elitist, and arrogant. Frankly, it's also quite stupid.
      I can't help but wonder what statement these people were making by specifically using McDonald's Applications. Why not post or Careerbuilder's website information? Is it possible that the traders were specifically using fast food applications in an attempt at a joke that mocks both the protesters and the McDonald's opportunity?
      It's pretty common for comedians both professional and the jerk in your office, classroom, or family to occasionally crack a joke at the expense of fast food workers. It has become the go-to move when we want to put down someone's job aptitude, ability or intelligence.
Oddly enough, it's also the same opportunity people cite when saying about the unemployed that they "could" find work "if they really want to". They say places like McD's are always hiring.
      Now, I can't imagine why they wouldn't want to work there. You make it sound so prestigious. You are so respectful of the opportunity there... Your go-to jokes denigrating the folks who currently work in these places make it seem like such a great idea. It's so weird that people don't flock to the opportunity.
      You often speak about them as if they are stupid and beneath you.

The funny thing here is that you could not be more wrong. The vast majority of people that work in fast food are good, honest, hard-working people that do not deserve your ridicule or the ridicule coming from the pompous jerks at the Chicago Board of Trade.
The way it looks, the folks protesting are either ridiculed for protesting or have the option of being ridiculed for taking that coveted prestigious job at McDonald's.
      I will take a moment as someone who has worked in a fast food environment for more than half of my life, to tell you Chicago Board Trader and those that join you, to get a life. I have had the privilege of working with fast food workers that have more character, more integrity and more intellect, yes intellect, than most "professionals" I know outside of the fast food industry. I hope it makes you feel better about your own pathetic existence to poke fun at some people simply trying to put food on their family's table.
      Fellas, you could never compare to the quality of people I know in fast food. 



Anonymous Hussein said...

MCD is one of the DOW 30 stocks that makes those traders money every day. I wonder if they see the irony in their actions?

November 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Rick said...


Interesting post Mike...

How many of the Chicago Board of Trade would you think participated in this event?

I recall your having an issue with those who would paint the Occupy protesters negatively based on the actions of a few... that in fact, you were convinced there were good people in the movement and that it was wrong to paint them all with a broad brush...

There are over 3500 members of the CBOT... how many do you think were involved in this event?

I wonder if there are any good people at the CBOT...

November 11, 2011 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Easmeil said...

The very first line in the piece says "some members". Every other reference after that refers to those members. At no point did I say the entire CBOT was a the problem. However, if it suits you to read into it this type of info, I get it.
I think we both know that there are good people at the CBOT and good sources for you to find out how many people work at the CBOT. So I have to conclude that this is probably not a sincere question. It's more of a passive aggressive way of calling me a hypocrite. Or maybe you're calling me gullible, or maybe you're calling me an idiot... It's hard to know exactly by the link you added. But what can you expect from someone so gullible?
Hmm... interesting way you have of calling me a hypocrite...hmm

November 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Rick said...

So you only meant, as someone who has supported the Occupy Wall street movement, to target in this post, some of those Chicago Board of Traders... not all of them... and that would include your follow on sentences where you reference those wacky, elitist traders...


I can do nothing other than take your word for it...

I've followed up on this story and it appears that one Trader (according to the Chicagoist) threw about a dozen McDonalds applications (according to the Huffington Post) at protesters...

One Trader... a dozen applications...

If that's the case, how might you change your post?

November 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Easmeil said...

It's of no matter to me whether you take my word for it or not. I am quite comfortable with what I have written. No other person who has read it has come to the same conclusions as you (at least they have not voiced it, if they have).
Some sources have said a single trader while others have mentioned multiple traders. The reality here is that this has almost nothing to do with the spirit of the post.
Besides, what do you care what someone as gullible as I might think?

November 14, 2011 at 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Rick said...

I'll allow that I might be wrong about it Mike... the intent here is to understand your mindset and frankly, the mindset of those who are supportive of a movement that I find so problematic... and admittedly to try to find some consistency in your thinking... nothing more.

God's peace.

November 15, 2011 at 2:47 AM  
Blogger Worm said...

@Easmeil I really enjoyed this! I had not heard of the traders doing this to those protesters. Thanks for posting this,very insightful!

December 2, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Crestfallen Kev said...

Great Post. I for one have much respect for people who work in the fast food industry. They have to deal with people acting like jerks on a regular basis and for little pay. I am afraid I wouldn't have the patience for that. Any work is honorable work and it is annoying when people denigrate people in the food service industry.

January 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM  

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