Hi there, Mrs. 1500 this fine Labor Day Morning with a timely question about minimum wage. But before we get into this week’s question, let’s look back at last week, when I asked you if you repackage your food. I was surprised at some of the answers I received.
Many of you repackage your bulk-purchased meat into single- or family-size servings. (I do this too, but didn’t even think of it when I asked the question.) Alicia over at Financial Diffraction does this, but says that sometimes it gets freezer burned before she can use it all. But wait. Here comes Grumpy Granny to the rescue with her anti-freezer-burn double wrapping concept. She buys the large portions of meat, rearranges them into smaller portions, then wraps them tight with plastic wrap before putting them into freezer bags. She says this works even better than the double-layer freezer bags because the plastic wrap really keeps the air away from the food. Thanks for the tip, GG!
Even more of you repackage items like flour and sugar. (Again, this is something I do and didn’t even think about before all the answers!) Allie at Allie’s Everyday Adventures repackages these items to help keep the kitchen clean, as does Meg over at Chocolates and Woolens.
Angela at The Clutter Box and Mom at Three is Plenty actually have to repackage almost everything, due to bugs and humidity. Living in Colorado for the last year, I have almost forgotten about humidity ruining all food. However, my mind still vividly recalls the time I got pantry moths in Wisconsin. It took absolutely forever (and the tossing of most of my food) to rid myself of them. I feel for you two.
Anna from Are Ya Gonna Eat That? repackages for portion sizes, which is an awesome idea. Long ago, a favorite co-worker, Rose and I had a lively discussion about one bag, one serving. We both agreed that a bag was a single serving, no matter how big the bag. If you bought the family size bag, you just got a bigger serving – UNLESS you could somehow repackage them into smaller bags before you sat down and ate the entire thing. (Rose, I miss you and our conversations.)
I think by now, we can all agree that those few clever segues from last week’s answers to this week’s questions were anomalies. So without further ado, here is what I want to know this week: What do you think of minimum wage?
In the news this past week were multiple stories from different locations around the nation of fast food restaurant strikes. The minimum wage workers went on strike to protest their low wages, asking for increases to $15 per hour. I have conflicting views on this. My first “real” job was for a graphic designer. She had mentioned to her friend (who happened to be my dad’s boss) that she was thinking she needed an assistant. Her friend mentioned my dad had a creative daughter (meaning my sister) and she should talk to my dad about it. My dad talked to my sister, who is directionally challenged and would not have ever found her way to this woman’s place of business, more than an hour away, and she declined. I stepped up and said I would do it, went up for an interview and was hired. I don’t think I had any competition for the job, to be honest.
She paid me a whopping $9 an hour, which was a king’s ransom back then (possibly giving you insight into my real age) and that Christmas, she gave me a raise to $10 an hour. She was still making a pretty penny herself, because she billed my time at $25 an hour, but this arrangement worked for both of us for quite some time. I was making significantly more than any of my friends were, I was learning a very valuable skill set, and my days were varied enough to keep it interesting.
The fast food workers today are making $10 an hour. This seems to be a fairly good wage to push buttons on a screen, gather ready-made food and put it on a tray for people to consume. This is not a difficult job, nor does it require specific skills to complete these tasks. In short, you can be replaced easily.
On the other hand, in today’s economy, there are many people who have been downsized or their employer has shut down entirely, leaving them with no source of income. Regardless of how they got there, the fact remains that they do not have any way to make money, and have turned to the fast food industry in an attempt to pay their bills, put food on the table, etc. I can understand their desire for a living wage.
But let’s look at their employers. Consider the McDonald’s franchise owner. They put the money up for the franchise. They are taking considerable (well, maybe not considerable – it is McDonald’s after all) risk by opening a restaurant. (Remember the absolutely ridiculous lines at Krispy Kreme stores when they first opened up? Then, the Adkins diet craze hit, and there are Krispy Kreme stores that are completely closed, their investors have lost a ton of money.)
I have more opinions on this than I will share at this time. There are many different ways to look at this issue, and I truly want to know what you think. What do you feel about minimum wage?
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