If you are the president of McDonalds USA and you are speaking at a public meeting and one of your employees turns up and informs you and everyone else present that as a single mother of two she cannot make ends meet on what your company pays her, saying “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I’ve worked for McDonald’s for ten years?” how should you reply?
Here’s a hint: You do not smugly say, “I’ve been there forty years”, as if that justifies the huge disparity in salaries between you and your lowest paid employees.
To make it worse, the woman Nancy Salgado was arrested and her hours were cut, reducing her income even further. (You can see the exchange and read about the aftermath here. But note that the video starts playing automatically.)
Honestly, don’t they teach these CEOs that in the age of ubiquitous recording devices and YouTube, they need to be a little bit more circumspect about tossing off smart-alecky quips in public that are dismissive of the genuine concerns of poor people?
It is perhaps just as well that CEOs like Jeff Stratton are so clueless. That way their contempt for ordinary working people becomes transparent.