Mostly whimsical reflections on life
Fast food restaurant workers staged a protest in several major cities last week demanding higher wages. They may have the wrong labor representative.
While even supporters of the protest admitted they are unlikely to push up the minimum wage, the Associated Press reported children are now getting on average $3.70 per lost tooth from the Tooth Fairy. This is up from $3 the previous year and $2.60 per tooth in 2011.
There have been reports of kids receiving anywhere from $5 to $20 per tooth. One parent reportedly gave his tooth-deprived child an antique typewriter. Another commemorated the loss of her daughter’s first tooth by giving her a $100 bill and a My Little Pony toothbrush.
A consumer psychologist told AP parents don’t want to appear cheap when it comes to rewarding their children for losing baby teeth.
And that is perhaps the lesson to draw for fast food workers. The food can be fast, but it doesn’t mean it has to be cheap, especially if it cost more so workers could earn more.
Regrettably, life doesn’t always work out that smoothly. One angry person on Facebook lashed out at the fast food workers who protested, ranting that in five years their jobs would be automated. He told them, via Facebook, to quit whining and get more job skills.
Tell that to the real estate students who complained to New York authorities they didn’t get the skills they were promised by Donald Trump and Trump University.
But as the Tooth Fairy demonstrates, maybe skills aren’t the only pathway to greater financial rewards. Guilt and keeping up with the Joneses seem to work pretty well.
This is not to suggest fast food restaurant workers pull out their teeth or put a pillow on the counter. They may think about developing an app.
Visa has come up with a downloadable Tooth Fairy Calculator app that “will give you an idea of how much parents in your age group, income bracket and education level are giving their kids.”
Visa conducts phone interviews to track regional U.S. Tooth Fairy giving. Kids in the Northeast are the best off, collecting $4.10 per lost tooth. Kids in the Midwest only get $3.30 per tooth. Kids in the South and West fall somewhere in between.
So restaurant workers could produce an app showing how much each fast food chain pays in wages and benefits so customers would know and choose accordingly. Maybe they would still come to the same restaurant, but offer tips.
Oh yeah, that little girl who received a $100 bill was told it would go into her college fund. Then she got a $20 to spend as she wished.
Maybe fast food workers would get an occasional $100 bill if they promised to use it for college to acquire all those jobs skills everyone says they need.
On second thought, maybe they should just stick with their version of the Tooth Fairy app.