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March 6, 2014
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F16 - McWorld Politics P1 by jbwarner86 F16 - McWorld Politics P1 by jbwarner86
This story is going to be longer than the last two, not to mention a little more outlandish at times. But it’s another idea I’ve wanted to do for years – I just had to nail down the central character motivation first.

Joel wants that electric guitar, and if he has to work for it, he’ll do it. But of course, no kid his age wants to set foot behind the counter of a fast food joint if they can help it. I hear this argument a lot, that teenagers don’t want to work at McDonald’s because they think it’s “beneath them” somehow. What the hell, work is work. I worked at Burger King for four years. Sure, I hated every minute of it, but it still bought me a car.

Midwestern reference alert: Record store Oar Folkjokeopus and Jay’s Longhorn Bar are considered the holy meccas of the alternative rock scene in Minneapolis in the ‘80s and ‘90s. For someone like Joel who’s a big fan of the Replacements and Husker Du, either one would be an ideal workplace.
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LDLAWRENCE Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
McDonalds was my first job. I worked there for 6 months from 97-98. Awww the memories! lol
rwpikul Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Of course, the main reason you don't see many teenagers working at fast-food places these days has more to do with the companies saying "why would we want to hire someone who has to schedule things around school?" than teens thinking they're too good for fast food.

OTOH, not wanting to deal with a company that demands you be there but refuses to let you clock in unless it gets busy....
TheRealMister86 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't have minded working in fast food, since people actually eat it. Now, door to door sales... fuck that.

Of course, I'm not in high school anymore, and flipping burgers doesn't exactly pay my tuition.
oOCrystalOo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thumbs up for Aaron.
Sadly that kind of pride only lasts as long as you don't have to provide for your own food and living expenses.
SuperMarioSuperStar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   General Artist
Hell, I'd work at fast food if they'd actually consider hiring me and not telling me I'm overqualified.
MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I would think they could sell meth by Aaron is too dumb
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Heh, good.
Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's true. If you want something, then do what you have to to achieve it. And if what it takes isn't worth it, then what you're hoping to get mustn't be that important.
KrDoz Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Worked at McDonald's for two years! We didn't "flip" the burgers, we were lucky to get and industrial pressing machine. Oh, and when it's 10 minutes to close and someone wants 25 double cheeseburgers, well hell...
jmhguy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
JettAshfeild Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I choose not to work at mcdonalds, because... well, its mcdonalds. I work as an Intern for a hotel company and also work at my local country club. Both are fun jobs
Waterotica Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
"Exactly. Fuck that shit."  I just realized I'm a bit like Aaron. Or maybe there's a little of Aaron in all of us. ...ladies.
teryon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
"I have a word for burger flipping as well, I call it 'ridiculously under-paid'."
FireballDragon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student General Artist
"Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a word for burger flipping, they called it 'opportunity'."
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
The only reason I didn't apply for fast food is because that is lower than the bottom of the barrel. I may be hurting to find someone willing to implement my education, but I haven't outright sunk.
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The reason I choose not to want to work in fast food is because of my allergies, cause I know I would constantly be having to rewash my hands if I'm working with food that people are going to eat, so I don't feel like I can really do that job.
Blairaptor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Same here; I'm allergic to cooking oil, so really working at any restaurant where I'm near the food all the time would be terrible. I think I have to eat it to have a reaction, but if I'm, say, in the back area of a McDonald's and the fry fumes are all in the air, I wouldn't be surprised if I reacted. :C
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