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(CBS Chicago)   McDonald's pushes Christmas Day hours, obesity rates   (chicago.cbslocal.com) divider line 71
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2012-12-18 12:08:00 PM  
And you can bet your ass burgers that the corporate pencil pushers who are for this idea definitely WON'T be working on Christmas. What's good for the goose is NOT good for the gander.
 
2012-12-18 12:45:09 PM  
After the kerfuffle of workers protesting working on Thanksgiving, I think they're timing is suspect. Did they think the reason many places closed on the holiday is because they would make more money?

/Decency, catch it!
 
2012-12-18 12:47:14 PM  
unionosity.com

it is really disturbing that as a society we can't even let people rest for one day. Not everyday needs to be driven by some market capitalization and profit inducing rage. Can we just have some national holidays so people can rest for once?
 
2012-12-18 12:47:55 PM  
I know quite a number of non-christians who will be very happy with this decision.
 
2012-12-18 12:56:56 PM  

pkellmey: I know quite a number of non-christians who will be very happy with this decision.


I'll bet plenty of non-Christian employees won't be happy with the decision because they'd still like to have one day out of their miserable year to be designated as a joyous family holiday. But, we can't let those stockholders down. Think of all the money that company could have made over one day!
 
2012-12-18 12:58:55 PM  

wyltoknow: Think of all the money that company could have made over one day!


I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's the whole point of the business.
 
2012-12-18 01:19:00 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-18 01:24:04 PM  
and yet no one gives a rat's behind about the minimum wage people working the 24/7 convenience store/gas stations on thanksgiving and xmas.
 
2012-12-18 01:32:08 PM  

starlost: and yet no one gives a rat's behind about the minimum wage people working the 24/7 convenience store/gas stations on thanksgiving and xmas.


I think those are the best days for most asian restaurants in my area.
 
2012-12-18 01:33:15 PM  
If it's part of your job, get over it. If you don't like people working on holidays, don't go to any businesses on said holidays.

/Working Christmas
//Doesn't bother me
 
2012-12-18 01:50:52 PM  
Every week, all around the world, people work weekends and evenings and the graveyard shift. The 9-to-5 workers have no idea have soft they have it.
 
2012-12-18 01:51:22 PM  
McD's should leave this to franchise owners. If they feel like there is an economic benefit to being open, they'll open. No need to force the issue.

So they stayed open on Thanksgiving and made a few bucks. What happens when the other chains also stay open? There are far fewer dollars to compete for on T-day or xmas.

If it weren't for shareholders, this isn't a problem that needed solving.
 
2012-12-18 01:52:01 PM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: [unionosity.com image 610x440]

it is really disturbing that as a society we can't even let people rest for one day. Not everyday needs to be driven by some market capitalization and profit inducing rage. Can we just have some national holidays so people can rest for once?


^THIS^
Can't find that old/odd Universal Studios commercial where a CEO is talking about how we Americans trade weekends for workends and "taking one for the team". The commercial ends with this greedy saying: "Keep up the good work, America. And remember, your time is our money,"
/still holds true
//only country where workers have no mandatory paid time off
///virgule
 
2012-12-18 01:52:02 PM  
Note to McDonalds. The food you sell isn't Kosher or Halal, so many Jews and Muslims won't be frequenting your establishments. As well as to the fact that many Atheists usually have a Christian family they either have to appease during the holidays or pretend their religious in order to hide their true beliefs, so they won't be around either. The only customers you'll get will be guys like this:

img.youtube.com
 
2012-12-18 01:57:55 PM  
My google-fu is slipping today --> Found it.


Link
 
2012-12-18 02:00:47 PM  

DanZero: [img.photobucket.com image 638x480]


Eat my own what? WHAT IS IT I WOULD EAT!?
 
2012-12-18 02:10:17 PM  
As a non-Christian, I could care less. But seriously...who is going to get McDonald's on Christmas Day? (Ok, maybe stores in a city or something may do some business, but to have every location opens seems ridiculous)

\Will be supporting the local generic shopping center chinese restaurant instead. Which happens to be in the same center as a McDonald's.
 
2012-12-18 02:34:29 PM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: [unionosity.com image 610x440]

it is really disturbing that as a society we can't even let people rest for one day. Not everyday needs to be driven by some market capitalization and profit inducing rage. Can we just have some national holidays so people can rest for once?


I dunno, I think it's crazy that employers in other countries are forced to pay for their employees' vacations by law. I can see having to offer that day off, but not having to pay for a full day's work to boot. I wonder if that's for full time employees only, or also includes part time.
 
2012-12-18 02:38:51 PM  

MBZ321: As a non-Christian, I could care less. But seriously...who is going to get McDonald's on Christmas Day? (Ok, maybe stores in a city or something may do some business, but to have every location opens seems ridiculous)

\Will be supporting the local generic shopping center chinese restaurant instead. Which happens to be in the same center as a McDonald's.


I think you've answered your own question. People who are looking for a cheap meal will visit McDonald's regardless of the day. I ate at a 24/7 McDonald's on a (very depressing) Christmas Eve a few years ago. There were other people there, too.
 
2012-12-18 02:41:03 PM  

valkore: TheGhostofFarkPast: [unionosity.com image 610x440]

it is really disturbing that as a society we can't even let people rest for one day. Not everyday needs to be driven by some market capitalization and profit inducing rage. Can we just have some national holidays so people can rest for once?

I dunno, I think it's crazy that employers in other countries are forced to pay for their employees' vacations by law. I can see having to offer that day off, but not having to pay for a full day's work to boot. I wonder if that's for full time employees only, or also includes part time.


That reminds me of an issue at a large corporation I worked at where the standard 8 hour shift workers complained that the 12 hour shift workers got paid for an extra 4 hours worth of holiday at Christmas. It just makes me cringe to remember those days.
 
2012-12-18 02:41:31 PM  
I am generally a very healthy eater. Almost no fast food at all in my diet. But on certain nights, after I have smoked myself into oblivion, the fact that a McDonalds is 2 blocks from my house causes me to head over for a Peppermint McFlurry or Apple Pie on occasion (they still have the old-school FRIED apple pies here in Florida!!)

On Thanksgiving Day, it was open, and the drive thru line was long.
 
2012-12-18 03:07:49 PM  
I used to work pretty much every thanksgiving, christmas and new years when I worked in radio. New years were not so bad since I was usually at a party somewhere. But christmas in the studios sucked bleh. "Aint no holidays in radio."

But one new tradition me , mom and dad do is this dive bar near them opens up around 7pm on christmas. So when my brother, sister and their families leave we go and have a nice christmas feast. Im going to miss it this year :(
 
2012-12-18 03:12:01 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: As well as to the fact that many Atheists usually have a Christian family they either have to appease during the holidays or pretend their religious in order to hide their true beliefs, so they won't be around either.


Most atheists I know still celebrate Christmas. Of course they aren't celebrating the religious aspects, but it's still a time to be with family, share gifts and of course watch those stop motion Rudolph cartoons.
 
2012-12-18 03:18:44 PM  
Cry me a river. Think of all the nerds manning the data centers across the country. Servers don't care what day it is. Servers don't care what time it is. When the kernel wants to panic, it's gonna panic! And when it does, you'll be thankful that support monkey is there to do the needful.
 
2012-12-18 03:19:32 PM  
I always feel sorry for the strippers who have to work on holidays, so I take time to go console them.
 
2012-12-18 03:19:33 PM  

starlost: and yet no one gives a rat's behind about the minimum wage people working the 24/7 convenience store/gas stations on thanksgiving and xmas.


you mean chinese (buddists), indians (hindi), and arabs (muslims) are angry they have to work on holidays that arent there?

Jews eating at chinese restaurants on christmas day is a long celebrated tradition.
 
2012-12-18 03:27:09 PM  
As a shareholder in MCD I'm getting a kick.
 
2012-12-18 03:41:07 PM  
You just know the good hearted managers are going to pay staff triple time for working on the holiday. Right?

Worked at a gas station one Christmas day. On call Christmas, and been called out several years, now. I remember one Christmas, I was working for a cable TV company and got a call at 8AM. Called the customer to see what the problem was, and he bit my head off. "Shouldn't you be spending time with your family instead of watching TV?", I told him. He was not amused with that comment. I was not amused at his 8AM call.
 
2012-12-18 03:48:35 PM  

Honest Bender: Cry me a river. Think of all the nerds manning the data centers across the country. Servers don't care what day it is. Servers don't care what time it is. When the kernel wants to panic, it's gonna panic! And when it does, you'll be thankful that support monkey is there to do the needful.


Honey servers don't care?
 
2012-12-18 03:52:56 PM  

TheGhostofFarkPast: [unionosity.com image 610x440]

it is really disturbing that as a society we can't even let people rest for one day. Not everyday needs to be driven by some market capitalization and profit inducing rage. Can we just have some national holidays so people can rest for once?


The ones who volunteer to work holidays are probably the ones getting 20 hours/week.
 
2012-12-18 03:53:41 PM  

gingerjet: As a shareholder in MCD I'm getting a kick.


In the crotch, I hope.
 
2012-12-18 03:58:15 PM  
McDonalds on Christmas is the saddest place I can imagine.
 
2012-12-18 04:09:23 PM  

AcneVulgaris: McDonalds on Christmas is the saddest place I can imagine.


Yep, right up there with Waffle House on Christmas morning.
 
2012-12-18 04:15:09 PM  

AcneVulgaris: McDonalds on Christmas is the saddest place I can imagine.



Depends.  Me and the Mrs. don't celebrate Christmas.  No real reason, we're just not into it.  And grew up with family/friends families that added so much stress to Christmas, it kinda ruined it.
 
Hey, if someone invites us over for a party maybe we'll go.
 
But all in all, its just another day for both of us.
 
And, seriously, I don't think of it as sad.
 
2012-12-18 04:47:32 PM  

Honest Bender: Cry me a river. Think of all the nerds manning the data centers across the country. Servers don't care what day it is. Servers don't care what time it is. When the kernel wants to panic, it's gonna panic! And when it does, you'll be thankful that support monkey is there to do the needful.


If I understand what you are saying, computer techs are equally important to society as burger flippers?

I imagine some computer techs will be upset by your comment but respect your opinion.
 
2012-12-18 04:59:23 PM  
Jack In The Box is 24 hours every day of the year here. I like to imagine the local management at least tries not to schedule the same person to work the same holiday multiple times in a row unless they request it.

/Scheduled from 6pm-4am Christmas Eve to hang price changes and signs..
 
2012-12-18 06:05:06 PM  

Lord Huggington: If it's part of your job, get over it. If you don't like people working on holidays, don't go to any businesses on said holidays.

/Working Christmas
//Doesn't bother me


My gf is an RN. She works every major holiday and usually volunteers to work doubles. A double shift at double time ($80 bucks an hour for 16 hours)? Neither of us complain about her working holidays. If I weren't salaried, I'd do the same. We just have our celebration on Christmas Eve or the day after. Who cares? The same goes for New Years and Thanksgiving.

Now if she were working for straight time at some low-paying job it'd be a different story.
 
2012-12-18 06:35:47 PM  
As a young, healthy male with a small family and no wife or kids, I usually volunteer for working holiday shifts. When questioned why I would want to work on Christmas by my boss, I just reply, "Because I'll remind you of me working on Christmas when I don't show up the day after the Superbowl and St. Patrick's day."

While the conversations can get a bit dull, I enjoy working with people a decade older then me (which is almost constantly since none of them want to retire). The old folks look at me in bewilderment when I tell them what I did over the weekend. The funny part is that I'm hitting my late-twenties so physically I've slowed down a little bit, but the plus side is that I have been an adult long enough to actually have excess money and things don't phase me as much.
 
2012-12-18 06:54:41 PM  

StrandedInAZ: Lord Huggington: If it's part of your job, get over it. If you don't like people working on holidays, don't go to any businesses on said holidays.

/Working Christmas
//Doesn't bother me

My gf is an RN. She works every major holiday and usually volunteers to work doubles. A double shift at double time ($80 bucks an hour for 16 hours)? Neither of us complain about her working holidays. If I weren't salaried, I'd do the same. We just have our celebration on Christmas Eve or the day after. Who cares? The same goes for New Years and Thanksgiving.

Now if she were working for straight time at some low-paying job it'd be a different story.


Here's the difference - the world needs nurses every single day. The world does not need cheeseburgers every day. McDonalds is not serving a need, they are serving a want. I got no beef (teehee) with that. But why is McDonalds asking its owners to open on Christmas? McDonalds "only" made 1.45 billion in profit last quarter, down 3.5%. Then their sales went down in October. Their sales went down so their profits went down. McDonalds was on pace to make 5.8 billion in profit instead of 6 billion in profit. So naturally that means it's time to open on Christmas.

It's just another example of corporations taking advantage of their workers. What do you think the odds are if profits go back up, McDonalds decides to forgo the additional profits and give their workers Xmas and Thanksgiving off again? Yeahhh...
 
2012-12-18 07:13:14 PM  

MBZ321: But seriously...who is going to get McDonald's on Christmas Day?


That will be me, hopefully. Flying into JAX Christmas morning, then driving 4 hours west, with an 8 and a 6 year old. Need someplace to stop for lunch.
 
2012-12-18 07:27:57 PM  
If they do this and none of you obamatons show up, they'll never try it again. You'll show up in droves like you do on Black Friday.
 
2012-12-18 07:33:34 PM  

pkellmey: valkore: TheGhostofFarkPast: [unionosity.com image 610x440]

it is really disturbing that as a society we can't even let people rest for one day. Not everyday needs to be driven by some market capitalization and profit inducing rage. Can we just have some national holidays so people can rest for once?

I dunno, I think it's crazy that employers in other countries are forced to pay for their employees' vacations by law. I can see having to offer that day off, but not having to pay for a full day's work to boot. I wonder if that's for full time employees only, or also includes part time.

That reminds me of an issue at a large corporation I worked at where the standard 8 hour shift workers complained that the 12 hour shift workers got paid for an extra 4 hours worth of holiday at Christmas. It just makes me cringe to remember those days.


Back when I worked in collections, we had a 6-3 shift and a 7-4 shift. On Christmas Eve management let everyone leave at 2. Some of the 6-3 people complained that the 7-4 people got an extra paid hour off. Strangely, they didn't care that those of us who worked 8-5 got THREE extra hours off.

And in my youth I worked at Blockbuster, which was open every day of the year. Which is now why I refuse to patronize shops on major holidays. If it's not economically worth it to the Blockbusters and McDonald'ses, then they won't force their employees to work on important family holidays.
 
2012-12-18 07:34:27 PM  

pkellmey: starlost: and yet no one gives a rat's behind about the minimum wage people working the 24/7 convenience store/gas stations on thanksgiving and xmas.

I think those are the best days for most asian restaurants in my area.



I save myself the hassle of shopping, cooking and clean up by hitting the Asian Buffets on X-mas. actually cheaper and I can gorge myself on crab and shrimp if I want. Cant decide between Zangs' Buffet or Mongolian BBQ. Gonna have to flip a coin for this one.
 
2012-12-18 07:40:01 PM  

Optimus Primate: On Thanksgiving Day, it was open, and the drive thru line was long.


You sound like a REAL AMERICAN!
 
2012-12-18 08:18:29 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: I always feel sorry for the strippers who have to work on holidays, so I take time to go console them.


One Christmas day, I went to the local skeeve bar as they were the only place open that had off-sales.

Most depressing place on the planet...
 
2012-12-18 10:29:08 PM  
My local 24h McD already has their Christmas hours right under their arches: closes at 9pm on the 24th, 11am to 9pm on the 25th, opens at 6am on the 26th.

And it works well that way.
 
2012-12-18 10:34:29 PM  

lennavan: If I understand what you are saying


You don't.
 
2012-12-18 10:48:56 PM  
A coupla christmases ago I went to a Hardees on christmas because the in-laws had just become born-again vegans.

/csb
//how do you know if someone is a vegan?
 
2012-12-18 10:54:27 PM  
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7491317/81380826#c81380826" target="_blank">the opposite of charity is justice</a>:</b> <i>A coupla christmases ago I went to a Hardees on christmas because the in-laws had just become born-again vegans.

/csb
//how do you know if someone is a vegan?</i>

<img src="http://http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8285609393_77c0173fd1.j pg">
 
2012-12-18 10:55:07 PM  

the opposite of charity is justice: A coupla christmases ago I went to a Hardees on christmas because the in-laws had just become born-again vegans.

 
/csb
//how do you know if someone is a vegan?

 
 
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
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