‘Just because I work at McDonald’s doesn’t make me any less human’

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A McDonald’s employee has gone viral after asking customers for respect.

In a video with more than 147,000 views, user Aleeza (@aleezalowery) tells a story where she told a customer she couldn’t accept his counterfeit $50 bill. The customer did not take this well.

“The guy started throwing pennies at me, calling me out of my name, talking about ‘don’t forget you work at McDonald’s,'” she recalls. “So what? What does that mean? Yes, I work at McDonald’s!”

“Working at McDonald’s doesn’t make me any less of a person,” she says at the beginning of the video.



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In the comment section, viewers supported Aleeza.

“You’re intelligent, hardworking, problem-solving, punctual and don’t let anyone take that away from you,” one commenter wrote.

“You should have told him ‘at least I have real money,'” laughed another.

While many have marred fast food work as “unskilled labour,” the reality on the ground is very different.

“Not only does this ignore the fact that this job requires skills — from managing inventory to training and supervising other employees — it also ignores the day-to-day challenges employees face at work,” notes author Michelle Chen for the Washington Post. “According to a slew of complaints filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers often suffer injuries such as burns from hot oil and are sometimes denied proper medical care…Violence is also common in fast food restaurants; according to a recent survey, about one in eight workers reported being mistreated at work in the past year.”

Knowledge like this led many commentators to stress the importance of work in the service industry.

“A job is a job,” offered one commenter. “My aunt was a manager at McDonald’s and raised several children on a McDonald’s salary.”

‘I feel you, it’s like at least I have a job? It doesn’t matter if you work at McDonalds or a fast food restaurant,’ agreed a second. “If it pays the bills, you’ll be fine.”

“Same here,” repeated another user. “I work at the subway and I don’t see anything wrong with it.”


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contacted Aleeza via a direct message on Facebook.

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