these have been showing up all over the place.
i've gone through a real cycle of thoughts with these. my first thought was "good". but then i started seeing the same sign showing up with the exact same wording, and it got me thinking something weird was going on.
all the comments on these posts generally position it as a good thing. good. capitalists can't exploit their workers for shitty wages. good. people are realising that they can stand up against that shit. good. nobody wants to get shouted at by a jumped up mcdonalds middle manager, burning themselves on deep fat fryers trying to rush out a discount carcass mcwhopper to an entitled customer at 3am for minimum wage. good. people are standing up for being loopholed into working through a global pandemic.
but then i thought actually, this doesn't make any sense. because if they really wanted workers, they would increase the wage, right? that's how their dumb system is supposed to work. so, okay, they've crunched the numbers and realised that closing the store entirely is preferable to paying their employees higher wages. because they know that increasing the wage means they can never go back. they can never go back to exploiting people for the least amount possible. they are scared that if they pay more, people won't accept being exploited anymore. people will realise that they need you more than you need them.
so they think, okay we will take a temporary loss now by closing the store, rather than taking a long-term loss by paying our employees more wages. and this way we get to play the victim. we get to say "oh boohoo, these entitled workers don't want to work for us. sorry you can't get your carcass mcwhopper. blame these entitled workers."
but then i thought something else. someone said to me: good. hopefully these things will shut for good. hopefully this is the end of fast food. hopefully nobody will work for them and they have to close for good. and i thought... shit. are they waiting for a government bail-out?
are they doing this because instead of increasing the wage, they know that they can just say "oh no! the whole industry is collapsing! government pls!" and get bailed out on the taxpayer dime?