SEIU protester: Without raise, McDonald’s workers may contaminate food

Hundreds of fast-food employees took to the streets Monday to begin a week-long protest of low wages. Members of the Service Employees International Union not only showed their support but also expressed fear that if the demonstrators didn’t get what they wanted, they may contaminate our food.

Videographer and conservative blogger Adam Sharp of ShatpElbows.net attended one such demonstration and interviewed an SEIU member, easily identifiable as such by his purple shirt.

When asked whether the union member supported the $15 per hour wage increase the McDonald’s workers were demanding, he admitted, “I’m not sure.”

He also said he was there to show his support for the workers rather than the company and expressed a fear that, “if they’re [the McDonald’s employees] pissed off, they could be doing something to that food.”

“So that’s your main concern, is that if they don’t get what they want, they might contaminate the food?”

The SEIU member shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know.”

Watch the video provided by SharpElbows.net

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  • Mike Wyatt

    Well i guess we can kiss the $1 menu goodbye

    • Douglas Morris

      hell, you can kiss $3 gas goodbye and welcome a $20 big mac.
      IF they cave on this minimum wage issue, Every think will increase 20% minimum overnight. if a burger flipper gets $15, the butcher wants $20, the floor sweeper wants $15, the garbage man wants $15, the truck driver wants twice for the load as the cost of feed has doubled because all the little jobs that put the feed in the lot, just doubled. This will do nothing but bring raging inflation.

      • Terry

        garbage man get $25 now

        • Dan the Man

          So do butchers!

        • Leetenant

          Only in major cities where sanitation is a city job.

    • buckeyenut

      So many of us who eat out less than before due to cost of everything else going up will just stop eating out. We can eat at home and pack for trips! If they start doing stuff to our food, we can ensure it won’t happen by not eating out! Why not instead have McD’s have a tip can and then we can tip those who do a good job…just like at sit down restaurants? When in college, my daughter worked at Bob Evans, a sit-down restaurant, and made around $2.08 per hr., but made her bigger money by providing good service, therefore receiving excellent tips. It was not unusual for her to receive $50 to $90 a day, depending on what hours and days she was working. So I vote for tips.

      • Cynthia Nakai

        Good idea!

      • Nomad

        Years ago, when you tipped someone, it went specifically to that person performing the service. Subsequently, the rules changed to where all tips were collectively accumulated in a “central pot”, then evenly distributed to all subject to tips. I never liked this change as it rewarded those not providing good service with the same compensation as those who did. Unless the rules have changed back to the “years ago” method, tips would not be the way to go.

      • syvyn11

        When was the last time someone got excellent service at a McDonald’s.

  • Amy Kotner

    Cameras in the kitchen.

    • Fed Up

      ……followed by prosecution of the offenders

  • Rob Wade

    fired them and hire people that want jobs. They are idiots to demand more money when there are no jobs. They must be nuts if they think any of the competitors are going to hire them once they are fired. They have no union and therefore can be fired for any reason.

    • HonestToAtee

      It is these Union types and Collective bargaining agreements that have destroyed places like Detroit, they chased the Garment industry out of the USA, they caused Obama to steal GM from the Bondholders and force it through Bankruptcy so he could give the UAW the shares.
      ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!

    • Kareem OfWheat

      I’m all for a realistic wage, BUT $15 an hour for flipping burgers????? C’Mon!! they dropped out of skoo and now they want a premium wage????
      just wait till all the illegal Mexicans are made legal!!!! Watch those jobs fill up fast, and at less than $15 per hour!!!!

      • john huscio

        do you really want illegal aliens making you food? i wouldnt trust them to mow my yard correctly…..

  • rsqme1

    Typical for Unions, and Liberals…if the company won’t do what I want I will cause harm to innocents just to make a point! This is what they call reason.

    • syvyn11

      This is why liberalism should be a crime. give them a ‘fair’ trial and then LOCK THEM A$$ES UP!

  • MissCheryl

    FIRE ALL OF THEM AND HIRE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO WORK. REAGAN FIRED THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AND HIRED NEW ONES IN THE ’80S. NO ONE DESERVES A 200% INCREASE IN THEIR WAGES. LET THE TEENAGERS HAVE THESE JOBS. THEY WEREN’T INTENDED TO SUPPORT FAMILIES. GET AN EDUCATION. FUNNY HOW THEY SAY THEY CAN’T SUPPORT A FAMILY BUT THEY KEEP HAVING KIDS. DO THEY THINK WE A STUPID. IF THE WAGES ARE RAISED NO ONE WILL BE FREQUENTING THESE STORES SO WHERE WILL THEIR JOBS GO THEN. THE STORE WILL CLOSED BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE PRODUCTS.

    • JoKay

      These stores promote obesity anyway. I would like to see the Federal Government put real restrictions on what they can serve. At the present time it is all garbage. And is one of the reasons why obesity has become so prominent in the US with children and adults. If McDonalds and the other fast food garbage pits can not provide healthy choices then they should close their doors!

      • jewels

        Why do you want more government…Healthy choices? Make your own salad. Government restrictions are killing the United States. Pretty soon the government will restrict your life, tell you which door to go through…Life or death. Take your pick.

        • cojar

          The dumbass doesn’t mind having the government run his/her life! That’s what they want! Not only do these commies want the government to run their lives, they want the government to run ALL of our lives.

        • JoKay

          Jewels, I agree with you. Government restrictions are killing the U. S. Perhaps I should not have used the term “Federal Government” I’am not a fan of big corporations or government. Both have an incredible list of hidden agendas. I work in the healthcare field and have for many years. I have watched this once great nation get fatter and sicker. I see people who are so obese they are unable to walk more than a few steps. As they come into the physicians office still munching on their fast food they ask why they were just diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. They leave crying with the, “I will change my lifestyle attitude”. However at their next appointment they have gained 10 more pounds. I wonder if it has occurred to anyone that the government is trying to kill us? Fast food is cheap. So we buy it trying to save a buck or two. In fact much of the food we eat is killing us. And yet we continue to eat it. The lines at the drive-thru are around the building and into the street. I just don’t get it! I chose life a long time ago!

      • Nancy

        If you don’t want to eat there don’t. Eat someplace else. That last think we need is more government. Why don’t you just go live in NY you and Bloomberg would get along great. Oh and by the way a court told Bloomberg his Big Gulp Ban was unconstitutional and threw out the law. Go suck an egg JoKay.

      • cojar

        Has it EVER occurred to you that NOONE forces YOU to eat at McDonald’s? You have a choice! Stop trying to force your will and choices on EVERYONE else. Let us make our own decisions!

      • Kareem OfWheat

        UHHH MORON, this is still America. If you don’t like the food there, don’t go there. BUT don’t impose YOUR stupidity on EVERYONE else. Let them make their own choice.

    • cojar

      That is what these commies want in the first place. These are communist cells agitating to destroy our economy. This is what community organizing is all about, create chaos and ruin the economy.

  • Douglas Morris

    concerning this veiled threat,,should the first contaminated bit of food cross the counter at the first food establishment, the entire crew of the hour should be hauled into jail. THIS is a national threat and an act of Terror in my opinion.
    Chef

    • mick1706

      Since the veiled threat has already been made, I will not eat at any of these places anymore. Before, you knew there was always a risk of an employee not washing his hands and of contracting some food born illness but with the threat this removes all doubt. I do not want to be on the receiving end of an angry employee’s vendetta against the company and looking to get even somehow or another. Goodbye fast food workers and the fast-food. I’ll most likely be eating healthier at home rather then out, just saying…

      • HonestToAtee

        See here, this is how the Commies do it, now McDees is supposed to cave in because one chicken little says he is scared? We need to stand up to the Public Unions like the SEIU before they fully Communize our lives!!!!!!!!

      • Nancy

        This guy doesn’t even work there. He is an idiot.

      • cojar

        You are reacting precisely the way the commies expected you would. They will run McDonald’s out of business one way or the other. If not through high wages, then by scaring business away. Their end game is to destroy the US economy. These are “community organizers” aka communist agitators who are doing this, not real McDonald’s employees.

      • Kareem OfWheat

        Just imagine contracting some type of monkey virus!!!!

  • ladyonamishn

    How pathetic!

  • kathyamericamatters

    I no longer eat fast fod. It is radiated

  • BeezFolliez

    The SEIU supported Obamacare why not support raises that will cause companies to close their doors? Oops never mind, it’s a union.

    • syvyn11

      If I owned a franchise. And the SEIU tried to strong arm me into a 15 a hour ‘contract’ more like a deal with the devil, I would shut down the store the NEXT DAY. Then they don’t get their raise and get a life lesson in economics. You don’t kill the golden goose.

  • kanenas101

    Shrug… if they really don’t want us eating fast food then we won’t.