JUST finished a Big Mac meal (and yes, I did go large). Ronnie and Reggie had their traditional Happy Meals with chicken nuggets and strawberry shakes while Carolyn had some or other vegetarian thing.
Don’t get me wrong – this is not a daily, or even weekly occurrence. Everything in moderation, and all that. But the boys do love their “happy food” as they call it. And so do I.
So why do so many people hate McDonald’s? As far as I can see, they sell extremely tasty food at reasonable prices, they provide an activity and a venue that is decidedly family-friendly. More importantly, they provide employment for many people, particularly the young. And if you can get past the “McJob” snobbery that’s prevalent today, it might be recognised that McDonald’s, in many communities, are an important employer. More to the point, if McDonald’s were not there, those communities would be worse off.
The same is, of course, true for many fast food outlets which provide vital jobs particularly for young people, whether long or short term, and provide a popular service at the same time. The more people who can gain an understanding that “service sector” need not necessarily mean “second best”, the better.
My only complaint is that here in Britain, the definition of “fast”, as in “fast food”, can too often be used with scant regard to the strict dictionary definition. And it can be a tad frustrating when the person serving you responds to your request for anything vegetarian with a look of utter bewilderment.