Ask someone their thoughts about fast food workers and their answer will most likely be informed by negative preconceptions.
That’s probably partly why one McDonald’s employee’s social media missive targeting snap judgments directed at fast food workers has gone wildly viral.
Mike Waite, a McDonald’s employee from Edinburgh, posted the message to Facebook on Sunday, and it has since received over 48,000 reactions and been shared over 7,500 times.
“Today I have had enough of the judgemental criticism,” Waite, who works 50 hours a week at his branch, starts off the post.
He goes on to explain that he works at the fast food chain not because he has “no aspiration, motivation or intelligence,” but rather because, like many of those he works with, he will be “going back into higher education” and the job offers him flexibility.
“McDonalds has this reputation which is quite unfounded in the recent age, every person I work with has a story and every person is working their ass off in what can be a very tough job for their own reasons,” Waite writes.
He adds: “There are people becoming pilots, lawyers, designers, architects, and people who are at a point in their life that they will do whatever it takes to look after their family.”
According to the Daily Record, Waite wrote the post in response to people looking down on him for taking the job three months ago after he left his previous position at a successful media company, which had him traveling across Europe working on international programs.
“I work with people I would aspire to be like, who have strengths in areas I wish I had, who have overcome situations I never could and who have the determination to not fade away on handouts but rather step up and work for their living unlike a huge number of people in this country,” he writes.
“In the past I have known and worked with very rich folks in very high end jobs, and a few of them could never match the resilience and work ethic of some of the current lads/lassies.”
Waite ends his message by writing: “Overall please just take your preconceptions and be rid of them because I work with some amazing people, and like many of them McDonalds is not a ‘dead-end’ of my working life but rather part of the beginning. Now, what drink would you like with that order?”