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From Goose comes this truly disturbing post about an Oregon McDonald's outsourcing it's drive thru positions to North Dakota.

"When a customer drives through, they'll be patched through to Grand Forks, North Dakota to place the order. Why? Because the minimum wage in North Dakota is $5.15, compared to Oregon's $7.25."

This is awful. First, even if the federal minimum wage isn't increased, which, for the record, I think it should be (as
it hasn't been since 1997), to outsource drive thru fast food, we-make-minimum-wage-anyway, is pure corporate greed. The amount you are saving - $2.10 an hour, and let's say that McDonalds is open 18 hours (doubtful, but let's pretend), that is $37.80 a day. Now let's multiply that by 362 days a year (McDonalds is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and one other day. Maybe New Years? Either way, three days a year.) About $13,600 a year that McDonalds is saving. At most. And it's not exactly as if McDonalds is hurting.



  • At 5:31 PM, Blogger Dennis! said…

    I hadn't thought about McD's reason until you mentioned ... and yeah, that's a pretty weak excuse.

    But the irony is, I hear, that outsourcing these drive-thrus to another state somehow actually makes these drive-thrus faster than the ones with the employees on-site....

  • At 1:53 AM, Blogger CC Baxter said…

    Yes it is greedy.

    Its a little strange that they would pick a McDonald's in BFE Oregon though, and in a place that isn't exactly right on the Interstate.....I don't think out of all the times I've driven I-84 that Hermiston has been even a food/restroom break.

    On the flip side, take $13,600 per restaurant and multiply that by number of restaurants=big money maker (still greedy).

    Guess next time I stop in Hermiston I have to work on my best North Dakota accent......disturbing.

  • At 9:35 AM, Blogger Scarlett said…

    This is so lame and greedy that I can not even find the words to describe it. Speechless.

  • At 12:45 PM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    Yet another reason not to go to McDonald's.

  • At 1:52 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    This is extremely low, greedy and pathetic.

    It makes my blood boil.

  • At 10:53 PM, Blogger Ontario Emperor said…

    I heard, but could not confirm, a similar outsourcing story which DIDN'T turn on minimum wage laws. In this one, Hardees' in St. Louis, Missouri were being covered by a call center in Anaheim, California (which happens to be where Carl Karcher Enterprises, which owns Hardee's, is based).

    Oregon's minimum wage is $7.25? I thought that California had the highest minimum wage. Does this mean that companies seeking lower wages will flee Oregon and come south? Surprising...


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