The fast food has become not only a frequent visitor of our stomach, but also one of the first places we think about when we look for an entry-level employment opportunity. Burger corporations attract wet-behind-the-ears workers with sweet work hours, minimum wage, and you definitely do not need PHD to get hired. Also, you can gain some valuable experience that can help you compete at the higher level of job market. But let us leave those temporary folks alone and get to the possibility of acquiring a full-time sandwich-wrapping position with benefits like minimum wage, 70 hours a week and career growth chance all the way up to the chair of senior sandwich stuffer. Your generous employer encourages your hard and faithful labor by not increasing your wage, but by giving you even more hours to wrap those doughy miracles of modern civilization. Having such a set-up, considering that you do not get any health insurance at this work, spending money on gas and apartment rent, let us see how far you can go at this job and if it makes any cash flow throughout you bank accounts.
Have you ever seen a price-sheet of an average US hospital? If you have not, then, hopefully, you will never actually see it. But if you have, did you not think about your money better spent on a luxurious golf club instead of an old and poor-equipped emergency room with space-shuttle-launching-price services. The paradox is that we get charged not for using a top-notch equipment, no, it is the same made-in-China medical tools that are used in all developed and not-so-developed countries, in most cases, for a reasonable price or as a complementary act of courtesy. If you even managed to enroll in Affordable Care Act, you are hundreds of miles away from being saved by the bell of our caring President, since your deductibles are probably way above your savings account value. It means that we will not get a free ride on the back of American health care system. I have a strong feeling that American health care has turned into just a sales business and we know that the goal of every sales business is to make their customers come back. How can Hippocrates’s followers can downgrade to such a hypocrisy of making customers come back? You can perhaps answer this question yourself. And since most of us are not lucky descendants of Rockefeller or fortunate successors of Microsoft Corp., we will have to brainstorm all possible ways of how to actually afford paying those thick as a brick medical bills.
We now go back to our job of the dreams. I am going to skip all the unnecessary rhetorics and cut right to the chase. Seventy hours of work are more likely than not to harm your health and reduce your immune system to the level it can not stand even a mosquito bite. The high-paced and stressful environment that reigns at burger-flipping work is proven to skyrocket chances of one having a stroke. And moreover it ups your odds of getting to the cradle of healthcare system that supposedly prioritizes health care selling of services and pills over treating you well to make sure you become healthy without ever coming back to the hospital. Sure, you have figured out that I just wanted to say that there is no way one with fast food work can afford to actually work at such a job because of high prices for the health care where one will spend more than he or she has ever made at that kind of job. It means one works for free or, even, worse, pays out of other tax payers’ pockets just to afford working at a burger chain store.
What to do? I do not really know. Anyway, let us hope for the best, love our children and enjoy freedoms we have, at least we do not have to pay for that so far… Everything written above shall not be treated as a fact, but more as a personal opinion aimed to encourage search for the truth and common sense.