I guess my assumption has always been the McDonalds cashier isn't a career, it's a way to enter the job force, earn some money, and move on. This seems to reenforce that perspective. I'd liken McDonald's to an internship... either you like food service and move into management/supervisory positions, or you move to another job that pays better.
But how exactly can you "earn some money" if such a job can barely cover half the costs of living, in a trivially-false contrived example?
McDonalds only even functions under your assumption if we assume that the employee has another support system that makes the job more a 'character building exercise' than an actual job.
Which is to say that you seem to be suggesting McDonalds cashiers are more similar to kids volunteering with a non-profit; helping a massive corporation sell hamburgers at an otherwise-unsustainable price, rather than ladling soup, clearing lots or rebuilding homes for the needy.
I have no idea what McDonalds pays locally (DC metro), but I can think of several local jobs that are available to young/unskilled workers that beat the minimum wage ($7.25 in VA).
Even the dog walkers at the local doggy day care start at $10+. Doesn't get much more unskilled than that.
Or, find a way into a union job, like UPS driver. It won't make you rich, but it's steady work. Usually takes starting part-time, or working the Christmas rush, but the jobs are there. Only real requirement is a mostly clean driving record.
I don't think anyone is saying it is "ok", but if you increase the minimum wage to something "livable", eventually it will be profitable for employers to start automating those jobs out of existence (for example, with automated burger making machines at MCD). What is the solution to that? Lower living costs so that minimum wage is livable? Forbid automation?
> Very few people view them as permanent, that's for sure.
Oh? They often end up being quite permanent, so I'm not sure how you're drawing that conclusion.
> Many of my friends started out in fast food as teenagers.
So did mine, but that's apples and oranges. The adult workforce is more relevant to this discussion. This is one particular area where geographic distribution is important. The average age of minimum wage establishments does tend to rise in lower income areas.
>staying at the same minimum wage job is the exception for most
Yet, remaining stuck in minimum wage is more common than we seem to be willing to accept.
I think that's missing the point... you can either provide an easy way to report bugs (for instance email is the easiest) or you can say the project is no longer being maintained. The complaint is about projects that insist they are being maintained but have no way to report bugs. That seems like a concious choice on the maintainer's side, not just a lack of volunteers.
I don't care so much about self-posting (I do it all the time), but it was a little bit of a shill (and I'm guilty of that too, so I can't be too critical). I think the overall article was amusing and made sense... I see no problem with it (other that the plug at the end which wasn't a big deal IMHO).
Almost like posting something about a beowulf cluster of something on Slashdot a few years ago...
That having been said, I agree PHP does what it was designed to do, but has been leveraged into pretending to be a general purpose language (much like what happened with perl)... which it is NOT really good for.