Because everyone is entitled to their own opinion, we cannot fault Don Thompson’s thrilling comments.
The CEO of billion dollar company McDonalds, is under fire after activists and protesters picketed this afternoon for better wages for employees. Most fast food workers are paid a low minimum wage of $7.25/hour. Finding that hard to survive off of, employees from all over the country are fighting for an increased rate of $15/hour.
Not being one to just let things happen under his watch, Thompson lashed back with this to say.
As hundreds of protesters chanted for higher wages outside, Thompson told the audience in the building that the company has a heritage of providing job opportunities that lead to “real careers.” “We believe we pay fair and competitive wages,” Thompson said.
A day earlier, McDonald’s closed one of its buildings in suburban Chicago, where protesters had planned to demonstrate over the low wages paid to its workers. Organizers then targeted another site on the company’s headquarters, and police say 138 were arrested after they peacefully refused to leave the property. As in years past, McDonald’s marketing to tactics to children was also brought up by speakers affiliated with Corporate Accountability International.
One mother from Lexington, Kentucky, Casey Hinds, said Ronald McDonald was “the Joe Camel of fast food.” Thompson said McDonald’s wasn’t predatory and that Ronald McDonald was about letting kids have fun. He noted that his children ate the chain’s food and turned out “quite healthy,” with his daughter even becoming a track star. “We are people. We do have values at McDonald’s. We are parents,” he said.
Hmm…do you agree with Thompson?