It’s official: McDonalds has joined the GOP. A group of billionaires, leading millionaires, telling thousandaires what’s best for hundredaires. A few weeks ago, McDonalds made news when it responded to public outcry against its starvation wages by telling employees to apply for food stamps and welfare, go to charity food pantries, to eat smaller meals, sell Christmas gifts on eBay and do everything short of hunt rats behind the grease dumpster for sustenance.
On December 5th, McDonalds slipped even further into the gutter when workers at several locations, there and at other food dispensaries, walked out to strike for the $15 an hour that might constitute a living wage. At one time, McDonalds and other right-wingers stolidly maintained that employers like McDonalds didn’t need to pay living wages; and that was true at one time. About 20 years ago, low-wage jobs like McDonalds were meant for high-school kids and college students; now that the average food service worker is a 29-year-old single parent, Mickey D’s is having to get real about offering more than just McRibs.
Apparently, they offer a LOT more…at least according to them. As part of its new holiday tip line (which should include tips on how to beg for change in the snow), McDonalds has tapped the inimitable goddess of etiquette Emily Post for her ideas on improving the lives of McDonalds workers. Post, who never forgets which side the silver pickle fork goes on, or how to properly fold a cloth napkin, has more than a few tips…for tipping…your servants.
To be fair, Emily didn’t actually write the guide FOR McDonalds; McDonalds just reprinted the guide from Post’s site. Here’s what the brilliant employee relations people at McDonalds think that its minimum-wage, 29-year-old single parents are spending their money on. If this list doesn’t catch you somewhere between laughing and crying, then Mickey D’s might be lovin’ your perspective.
End of Summer Tipping Guide
Don’t forget everyone who has made your summer more enjoyable…
Au pair or daily babysitter:
A gift from your family (or one week’s pay) plus a small gift from your child.
One day or evening’s pay, plus a small gift from your child.
One week’s pay.
$20 to $50, or the cost of one cleaning.
Yard or garden care:
$20 to $50, or the cost of one care session.
A regular caddy, the normal fee for one round. The caddy pool or “backroom” boys’ tip pool: $50 -$100 for a season.
Pool attendant or lifeguard:
$20 – $50, if permitted.
Check with the camp administration because most camp counselors are not permitted to accept tips, but a small gift from your child or your family would probably be appropriate.
Regular Tennis or Golf pro:
If you have been taking lessons consistently through the summer, the cost of one private lesson.
$20 – $50.