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Luisa Villa, an employee who participated in the walkout on Friday, said in an interview with The Huffington Post that the air conditioner in the restaurant's kitchen has been broken at least since she began working there nine years ago. The crew member who collapsed, Esheliz Méndez, had complained about the broken air conditioner numerous times, she added. A repair was made last year after another employee collapsed, Villa said, but the cooling system broke again within a week.
"[The owners of the store] make fun of us because they think we're animals," Villa said in Spanish. "We're not animals. We're people. We don't want to die and you can certainly die from the heat, you know."
Originally posted by snarky412
Even though it's independently owned, wouldn't the McDonald's franchise try to see about it since it's their name that is on the building? Or penalize the owners?
Not sure how that works.
Originally posted by NuclearPaul
Serious safety issue there.
I refuse to eat at McDonalds and watch anything disney (no new star wars for me ) after I read fast food nation and discovering the practises these evil companys have practised in the past and still to this day.
Sounds like smart business. Unions destroyed the auto industry and do nothing but run businesses into the ground.
Did you know that you can not join a Union If you work at Mcdonalds?
Not a chance! You have to have @$1,000,000 liquid assets to become a McDonalds franchisee these days. That guy didn't invest his time and money into his business just to walk away after one bad day.
You can bet the franchise will be closed due to bad publicity now, that is what they do.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
This is how screwed up our society is.
Instead of just fixing the AC, we have to go through all of this.
Look at all the liability shifting attempts.
Typical life here in 'Merica.
It's all about greed. God forbid the shareholders don't derive their maximum profits. I'm disgusted at American businesses for the most part.
You learned all of this about THIS particular franchise from this story??
Employees are treated like tools that can be thrown away. Never any praise or rewards regardless of how successful it is. The owners just suck up the money and demand more and more. Longer hours. less breaks (if any!), buy your own uniforms, etc - I've seen it all. Corporate franchises are usually the worst due to owners in absentia who you only hear from if net profits drop. Meanwhile, in the Caribbean they sip their Mai Tais and work on their tans.
Why don’t you pay for it?? You may very well have more money than this business owner...who knows?
Just fix the damn A/C!! Good for the workers, such solidarity among employees is rare these days.