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  •  I dunno, some people are happy to (5+ / 0-)

    work on holidays.

    I know I've worked on President's Day and the 4th of July before, despite being just a patriot as the next guy.  Or if the not the very next guy, at least one in every 6 or 7 guys  . . . .

    What about hospital employees, nuclear power plant employees, gas station attendants, airline personnel, etc etc??

    Just saying, lots of people work on holidays.

    •  Egad, I forgot the take home message (2+ / 0-)
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      indubitably, gooderservice

      which was that if one wishes to dis McDonalds - great, have  at it - but there are definitely more legitimate reasons than this to beat them over the head with!  (figuratively, of course!!).

      •  Oh, I don't know... (3+ / 0-)
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        I think McD's should definitely be bashed for this one.

        Look, I'm a peon in a low-wage industry, too.  But I will be making time and a half for seven hours on Christmas -- and even the part-timers who work Christmas will get the holiday pay.

        McD's deserves to be bashed for oh, so very many reasons, including inedible "food," and lack of holiday pay is definitely another reason to loathe them.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:15:28 AM PST

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    •  I know a lot of kids (1+ / 0-)
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      So to speak---I'm talking 17, 18 to early 20's---who happily work holidays. Not that I necessarily agree with it, but for somewhat different reasons, those reasons being they should be using that time and energy to groom themselves in whatever way necessary for better paying work.

      I've worked holidays, but always because I needed the extra money.

      It depends.

      I'd much rather see them attacked for the pitifulness of their food and its gruesome environmental and health effects. Those are the reasons I won't eat there.

    •  Do they work for multinational corporations like (1+ / 0-)
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      McDonald's? And many places give you comp time for working on holiday if they don't pay overtime. Also, we are not talking about a Fortune 500 companies. And you are comparing apples to oranges because you have not indicated whether or not those examples are regular pay or overtime.

      •  To a first approximation, I suspect (0+ / 0-)

        that most people working on a major holiday work for a major corporation (or government agency).

        And yeah, it'd seem only decent to pay them overtime.   But I suppose that type of thing was specified in the contract when they signed on.

        Which brings us to the larger topic of just how pathetic working conditions are for the worker in this country that anyone would be willing to sign such a contract.

        But since Americans Will Work for 25 Cents an Hour this is not really a surprise (in a bad way).

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