No, that isn’t a typo. It’s really my salary.
You see, I work for McDonald’s in Denmark, where an agreement between our union and the company guarantees that workers older than 18 are paid at least $21 an hour. Employees younger than 18 make at least $15 — meaning teenagers working at McDonald’s in Denmark make more than two times what many adults in America earn working at the Golden Arches.
McDonald’s in Denmark look like McDonald’s everywhere else — complete with campy primary colors, golden arches, and plastic tables and chairs lit by bright, fluorescent light. Menus are in Danish of course, and offerings often have less saturated fats and calories than their American equivalents. The price of the food is also different — Gudmundsen’s meal for two cost over US$50.
I did a cursory search that didn’t turn up anything, but I’d like to see how the employee-per-store ratios compare between the US and Denmark, and I’d also like to see somebody factor in employer-paid health insurance in the US (yes, McDonalds does offer it in some cases) versus the socialized medicine version in Denmark.
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