I was at the local Walmart when I stopped by the McDonald’s on Sunday. I was shocked at what I found at the fast food stop. Typically, this McDonald’s and all the McDonald’s in the Woodlands have been staffed by mainly Hispanics or individuals of Mexican decent. This particular McDoanld’s which has been all Hispanic in the past was all White Sunday. That’s right, all White people were working there. I can recall several news stories that indicated many non-Hispanic Americans except teenagers weren’t pursuing jobs at companies that pay minimum wage or just above. The reports indicated many of the jobs which included fast food chains and the service industry were being held largely by the growing Hispanic population. So to see this was really a shocker. I wondered if it’s an indicator of the bad economy and the recession the country is in. Have many of these White McDonald’s employees been laid off from other higher paying jobs? It was just odd. I wanted to ask all of them if that was the case but I dare not. The two women who worked there appeared to be in their 40’s while the two male employees looked to be in their 20’s. Do you think we will see lots of White and Black Americans going back to these jobs they’ve traditionally balked at? This brings me to another question. What’s going to happen to many of those Hispanic American workers who could be squeezed out as a result of this?
P.S. I hope this didn’t come across as racist because it’s not intended for that purpose. It was an observation and a real question I have. If anyone is offended by it please let me know and I will remove the post!