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The real cost of cheap fast food

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America’s fast-food industry appears to have the recipe for success — for shareholders, anyway. But it’s not a very healthy one for workers, roughly half of whom make less than $8.69 per hour; or taxpayers, who have to subsidize those workers through various forms of public assistance, to the tune of $7 billion a year. Obviously, cheap hamburgers and such (which also add billions to the country’s health care bill every year) aren’t the bargain ...


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wmarincic
December 5, 2013
7:20 a.m.

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The reason that these fast food restaurants are in business is because of low cost "fast food". These places are generally there for high school kids to get their feet wet in the job market, not to raise a family of four. Nobody is going to pay ten dollars for a Big Mac. What happens then. these places close their doors or they layoff staff. This is the same thing that unions did to the manufacturing jobs in America, now we are complaining about everything being made in China. Low skilled workers deserve low pay, that's life, whatever happened to working your way up? If you want or need more then work and study for it, nobody owes you anything.

joycemadre
December 5, 2013
11:30 a.m.

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can't agree more with the previous comment ! So good to hear someone else feels this way !!

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