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Thu Jul 18, 2013, 10:54 AM

Making a living wage at McDonalds. Realistic?



Various people are mocking McDonalds and Visa for putting together this sample budget for someone living on an after-tax income of $24,720 per year, calling it “ridiculous” and “hilariously obtuse.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/16/that-mcdonalds-budget-people-are-making-fun-of-isnt-cruel-its-realistic/

These people are on crack!

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Response to L0oniX (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 11:07 AM

1. I didnt make much more than that a year at my last job.

And this "budget" is a complete and utter joke. Furthermore, Ive done my share of 75 hour work weeks at that job and frankly, no one should have to kill themselves like that just to scrape by. Its disgusting.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 11:12 AM

2. I like the "0" dollars for heat. I guess they expect everyone to live in KeyWest.

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 11:22 AM

4. Yeah. That one made me laugh the hardest.

Even with our heat set at 65 degrees our bill is nearly $200 in the winter months. For natural gas. Our apt is in a house thats several hundred years old and the windows, frankly, suck. But hey, Im sure WaPo expects there to be some beautiful energy efficient apartments for what was it? $600 a month? Ha. That much money will get you a 1 room dump in a shitty part of town. But then again, working 75 hours a week means youre not really home that much so....

Another thing... I would have loved to get a PT job on top of the one I had, but when your schedule varies (as Im sure McDonalds does) it's nearly friggin impossible.

And clearly no one working at McD's has kids or needs gas or bus fair to get to work. I'd like to see the genius who wrote that WaPo piece live the way she suggested. Good luck with that.

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Response to L0oniX (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 11:17 AM

3. Health Ins needs another pair of "0's" nt

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Response to One_Life_To_Give (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 12:09 PM

6. ...and they obviously don't have home owners and or auto insurance in Florida.

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Response to L0oniX (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 12:07 PM

5. It's easy--if you're the CEO.

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Response to L0oniX (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 12:19 PM

7. The second line is the biggest insult

The parts about living in a dump with no heat, and having $27 to spend a day on food, are bad enough...the fact that you have to work two jobs to live like an animal is an atrocity.

And is your McDonald's job the first or second job?

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Response to L0oniX (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 12:30 PM

8. Car & home insurance $100 combined? Cable/phone $100 combined? Bullshit!

Love that zero-cost heating bill. And what about water/sewage/garbage bills?


Now I can't wait for high-minded individuals to swoop in and preach about how sensible the proposed budget really is.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 18, 2013, 01:05 PM

9. $90 for electric? ...not even on my best lowest use month ...and

you can't even rent a card board box for $600 a month.

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