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Working at McDonalds

There is a significant growth in the number of teenagers employed at the fast food restaurant industry for the last five years. It has not just been heard once, twice, or thrice that fast food jobs are not real jobs. Additionally, it is likely to be heard again as has been heard from Amitai Etzioni whose thoughts and ideas on the jobs cannot be easily agreed with. He is also not for the ideas that although these jobs belong to the teenagers, they need extra money and not just for people in need of launching pad as they look for a proper job down the line. The assumptions with which Amitai Etzioni argues have been thrown out by the teenagers frequenting McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken among other fast food outlets to be employed (Farr & Shatkin, 2005).

Amitai Etzioni might also be among the people who go on asking a teenager or any other person for reasons why they cannot get a real job. This is an implication that a different job pays off better than these jobs. However, there is no enough evidence to back their arguments because, at that stage in life, the teenage does not need a lot of money that comes with working professionally. Additionally, the teenager may not have the required skills to work in a job which people such as Amitai Etzioni imply that they should be employed.

Besides employing the schooling going teenagers, fast food jobs are significant segment making up the economy of the United States? Furthermore, for many parents and families, they are a source of their income too. Therefore, people like Amitai Etzioni cannot argue against the benefits of fast food jobs without considering some of these benefits to the individuals and the economy of the United States. For many years, the fast food industry has been among the leading creators of jobs for the youths.

Fast food would not have been among the leading creators of employment without giving the teenagers working there a meaningful experience. It means that they are also leading in teaching the young people important employment skills and habits that are needed for fulfilling their careers at later dates in their life. Some of the skills and habits the teenagers get from being employed at the fast food are entrepreneurship skills, self-supervision, self-discipline, and timekeeping. Therefore, it is left a question of where they would have learned such skills and habits at such a young age if it were not for the fast food restaurants and the industry in general (Fast Times, 2004).

According to Amitai Etzioni, parents of these teenagers are also concerned and are against their children getting job stints at the fast foods. However, the act of teenagers getting employed is an old tradition in the United States. Therefore, some of these parents might have been employed in such restaurants, and one does not see the reason or the need why these same parents might prevent their children from getting extra money which they cannot give them from getting employed at the fast food restaurants. Most of the Amitai Etzioni looks of things are not factual. They are based on what a few people and himself would like things to be and not how things are at the moment. Therefore, there are no facts or compelling reasons that are going to prevent teenagers from working on fast foods for extra money (Farr & Shatkin, 2005).


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