It’s cool turn our noses up at McDonalds. It’s unhealthy. It’s soul-less. It’s a food factory. It’s where we tell the world we’ve given up (Jim Gaffigan anyone?). It’s a place we think the world would be better off without.
Most of the criticism I hear comes from middle to upper class Americans who have food budgets and homes, wi-fi and full social schedules. The privileged voices are the popular and powerful.
In college, I took an anti-McDonalds class called “The McDonaldization of Society.” I appreciated how my professor encouraged us to question the system and look at the values that have made McDonalds what it is. We talked a lot about the bad of McDonalds, and very little about the good.
Like everything, McDonalds is complicated. And today’s article reports on the way McDonald’s effectively serves the underserved.
Before you say something derogatory or unkind about this food chain, remember it’s a place where employees are often compassionate, where food is affordable and where many find community.
And if you want to meet for an Egg McMuffin and cup of coffee, let me know.
P.S. I’m planning on dealing with Wal-Mart next. (just joking… sort of).