A McDonald’s employee has gone viral after asking customers for respect.
In a video with over 147,000 views, user Aleeza (@aleezalowery) shares a story in which she told a customer she couldn’t accept his fake $50 bill. The customer didn’t take it well.
“The guy started throwing pennies at me, called my name, and was like, ‘Remember you work at McDonald’s,'” she recalls. “So what? What do you mean? Yes, I work at McDonald’s!”
“Just because I work at McDonald’s doesn’t make me any less attractive,” she says at the beginning of the video.
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In the comments section, viewers gave their support to Aleeza.
“You’re intelligent, hardworking, quick to solve problems, punctual and don’t let anyone take that away from you,” wrote one commenter.
“You should have told him ‘At least I have real money,'” laughed another.
While many have clouded the fast-food work as “unskilled workers,” the reality on the ground is very different.
“This not only ignores the fact that this job requires skills – from inventory management to training to supervising other employees – but also ignores the day-to-day challenges that workers face on the job,” notes the Author Michelle Chen for the Washington Post. “According to a number of complaints filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers frequently suffer injuries such as burns from hot oil and are sometimes denied appropriate medical care…Violence is also common in fast food restaurants; According to a recent survey, approximately one in eight workers said they had been assaulted at work in the past year.”
Such knowledge prompted many commentators to stress the importance of working in the service industry.
“A job is a job,” offered one commenter. “My aunt was a manager at McDonald’s and raised several children on a McDonald’s paycheck.”
“I feel you, it’s like I at least have a job? Who cares if you work at McDonalds or a fast food joint,” agreed a second. “If it pays the bills, then you’re fine.”
“Same here,” repeated another user. “I work at the subway and I don’t see anything wrong with it.”
The Daily Dot contacted Aleeza via Facebook direct message.
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*Initial publication: September 23, 2022 at 9:30 am CDT
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.
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