Hey Cliff - do you think the quality of the sliders at the Shed has gone down over time? I went 5 or 6 times the first year they did it, and always loved it - would usually cut 7 or 8 sliders in half to share and try as many as possible, and they ranged from good to friggin awesome. Didn't go for a long time, then took my girlfriend a few months ago, and did the same (try 7 or 8) and was extremely disappointed. They ranged from OK to pretty good, at best. Did we just catch an off night?
I hate to break it to you folks, but I've lived in Atlanta for over 20 years, and yes, most people refer to the area as "the Highlands," and have as long as I've lived here. Saying"I'm going to the Highlands" or "I live in the Highlands" is MUCH more common than saying "I'm going to/live in Virginia-Highland." If that really bothers you...that's sad. Do you not get the concept of nicknames? Is it wrong to call New Orleans "N'awlins"? I think it sounds silly, but that doesn't make it wrong.
The conclusion that McDonald's (or any other businesses) are at fault for low wages is idiotic. Say you're getting your house painted and you get 3 quotes, and you hire the the painter with the lowest quote. Did you do something morally wrong by not hiring the more expensive painter? Are you going to offer them more money than they quoted? Of course not.
What businesses do is absolutely no different. If there weren't people willing to work at the salaries they pay, they'd increase what they'd pay. But there are, so they don't have to. They aren't charities.
God forbid people be responsible for improving their own skill set to be worth more in the workplace.
Check your math - $15 is 25% of $60, not 15%.
DC, I agree with your main point that it's kind of unfair to single out McDonalds when there are so many culprits here, but I think your example is way off base. Fast food places, and lower end (largely chain) restaurants are much worse about adding fats, preservatives, etc, than your typical chef driven restaurant like H&F. One of many reasons H&F is so good is freshness of ingredients and the lack of the additives and preservatives fast food places and the like use.
If it makes anyone feel a bit better, the "all fast food chicken" part is not true (nor is all processed frozen chicken products). I've done a good bit of work for a chicken processor and they supply several fast food companies (not McDonalds), and while the "scraps" that make up some of the products aren't the most pleasant things, they aren't this repulsive (and they don't include eyes, guts, or beaks).
Cops enforcing city laws is harassment? That's sad.
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