The Real Lives Of Fast Food Workers

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As we showed you guys last week, McDonalds paid labor advocates an inadvertent favor recently via an unveiling of their benevolent, Visa-partnered employee budgeting exercise, where they proved that a full-time minimum wage employee simply cannot make ends meet with only one job. Translating the paperwork to a person, the five people below present a pretty sobering image of the lives of the men and women who ask “Would you like fries with that?”

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Tyree Johnson works at two separate McDonald's restaurants in Chicago to get enough hours to make ends meet. He's worked at the fast food chain for 21 years, but said he still struggles to pay for a monthly bus pass and his prescription drugs. "I pray to God that I can come out of this situation and try to better myself," he said.

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Each month, Kyle Steele gives half his paycheck to his daughter's mother. What's left is not enough to pay his gas and car insurance bills. He tries to keeps his food costs down by eating most of his meals at McDonald's. His gas bill, at $160 each month, eats up a big portion of his budget. He said he often borrows money from friends and family to get by.

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It's been near impossible for Christopher Drumgold to raise two kids while making $7.40 an hour at McDonald's. His kids attend a Detroit charter school that doesn't have a bus. So he has to pay for bus or cab fare for them to get to school everyday. What's more, Drumgold said his 12-year-old son is "as big as Shaquille O'Neal," with a size-13 shoe. He constantly outgrows his clothes or needs a haircut, all of which adds to expenses. "I had to find a bootleg barber to get him an affordable haircut," he said. He pays about $15 a month for haircuts, another $100 on childcare and another $100 on prescription drugs.

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Devonte Yates, 21, is working to get an Associate's Degree in criminal justice and logs in about 25 hours a week at a McDonald's in Milwaukee. To cut down on costs, he lives with his mom and little sister. Still, he struggles to pay his $180 tuition bill each month. He's only able to pay about $90. He said that the school is more forgiving of him not paying his bill in full while he is still taking classes. But when he graduates next semester, he is worried about how he's going to pay it back. Besides tuition, some of Yates' expenses that fall under the "other" category are $40 per month for contact lenses and $50 on clothes. Food, at $300, is his biggest monthly expense, as it is for most of the other workers interviewed.

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The Article: The real budgets of McDonald’s workers by Emily Jane Fox in CNN Money.


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