5 fast-food chains costing taxpayers

The industry's low-wage business model forces employees to rely on public assistance programs. Here's what McDonald's, Taco Bell and others cost taxpayers, according to a new report.

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Nov 4, 2013 10:59PM
Jobs at fast food restaurants were never intended to be a career. That kind of jobs were for kids when the school was out or for people supplementing their income. Today it provides people who barely speaks the language with money to send to families in their respective countries and then ask for public assistance here so they can survive.
Nov 4, 2013 9:07PM


If you take a job at fast food you know what your getting. I don't really think it's any employers job to take care of people, do it yourself.  To say someone flipping burgers or rolling burritos should make as much as someone who does something that takes some skill is ridiculous. 

Nov 5, 2013 1:37AM

When I was a teenager McDonalds and the fast food bunch, was the job to have!  We learned work ethic and money management, plus had some cash left for dating!  Between the age of 16 and 18, I never wanted to make fast food a career!


Now we have those folks that may or may not have a high school diploma, functionally illiterate, or not motivated to find real work, that want a "living wage" off a job designed for teens and retired people who need a little extra cash.  WAKE UP PEOPLE!  Whether we gave them a living wage or not, they will still receive assistance.  Why? the owners will cut back on their workers as they can't sell a $6.00 burger!  If I'm going to pay $9.00 for a burger I WANT TABLE SERVICE! 


So, let's start over.  How about utilizing the money (BILLIONS OF DOLLARS) we currently waste on the teachers unions and administrators, to actually EDUCATE CHILDREN SO THAT THEY CAN FIND MEANINGFUL WORK INSTEAD OF JUST FLIPPING BURGERS!!!

Nov 5, 2013 12:48AM
I'm 64 and work 20 hours a week at a small rural C-store. I don't choose to work there as I make more money doing remodels, repairing cars and building and fixing computers. Every time I quit within six months he asks me to come back. The young people that will take the boring job steal, give cigarettes to their friends, forget to come in or call in sick. He pays me $12 an hour and I guess we're both happy with that being a fair pay, he is a nice young man trying to show an entrepreneurial spirit.
Nov 4, 2013 8:18PM
According to the  (NELP) newest report, because the fast-food industry pays its workers less than a living wage, U.S. taxpayers must foot the bill in the form of the public assistance programs these workers must use to get by. McDonald's alone, according to the group, cost taxpayers $1.2 billion last year.

No.. Public assistance programs are what cost taxpayers 1.2 billion last year. Stop giving away so much!
Nov 5, 2013 2:20AM
Pure BULLSHlT!!!  These are low skill entry-level minimum wage jobs..., and should remain so.  If you want a higher wage, go to school while your slingin' burgers at "Micky D's".
Nov 4, 2013 9:08PM
Why does the liberal media ALWAYS exclusively pick on fast food restaurants and Wal-Mart when complaining about low wages?  Just about all retail jobs pay crappy wages.  Wal-Mart, while not my favorite place to shop, pays better than many other places.  Target pays horrible.  Kohls pays horrible at $7.45 an hour.  How come the media never slams these two companies?  MOST retailers pay their employees extremely lousy pay.  Why all the focus on just fast food places and Wally World?  I don't get it.
Nov 4, 2013 8:52PM
Seriously  ti's the Fast Food Chain's fault that people are on public assistance?  Now there is some "LIberal Logic" (perhaps the greatest oxymoron of all time.......)
Nov 4, 2013 11:44PM
Why doesn't this article include the tax dollars the fast food industry provides the government.  Paying real estate tax, payroll tax, social security tax, corporate tax, state tax, sales tax, unemployment tax, excise tax, income tax, self employment tax, medicare tax, to name a few.  And what about the jobs in supply chain all the evil fast food industry provides.  And what about the lawyers, accountants and other professionals who work with these entities.  Yep, this industry def cost American billions of dollars.  
Nov 5, 2013 2:47AM
Working in fast food should be a high school job or college job while going to school.  If you get a job at these places that means that you did not invest time in schooling.  Why should fast food employers and society pay for the uneducated who don't try to get a skill. 
Nov 5, 2013 2:12AM
That's because the fast food industry is not meant to be a "Living wage job." It's meant for high school kids to earn a few bucks, not for someone to try and support a family off.
Nov 5, 2013 12:58AM
Will the public pay more for their lousy food. I have worked in minimum wage industry several times. I decided to make more. So I left and got better and better jobs. If you stay in a low paying job. It is not the Companies fault. It is you for not having ambition. Cut out welfare for the working poor and they will have ambition. As long as they receive food stamps, rent assistance, money and many other benefits. Why struggle and get ahead with the government take taxes from working people. Then give it to low or non skill workers..
Nov 4, 2013 9:30PM

You KNOW why, Someone


The Libs have got to blame someone, ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES

Nov 4, 2013 8:41PM
I don't know when I had my Business I never got a Penny from The Government. Paid a Lot of Money to Them.
Stop blaming the employers for what the Obama and Bush administrations have done to let the big wigs of wall street destroy our economy.  Fast food jobs are high school jobs, grow up, stop crying about how entitled you think you are, and go back to school or learn a trade.  I was intimidated by the all the intense work of going to college, so I learned a trade.  I found a mentor who schooled me in an auto trade that I have made a good living at for thirty five years.  Even though the economy has hurt my trade, I still can find enough work to get by.  The fast food industry has sell a lot of little food items to make its money at the end of the day.  These are not skilled jobs, they are entry level jobs that were meant to pay a school aged person some spending money, and not to provide housing for a family.  I don't think any one of the popular chains have any food product that is worthy of the money that they charge now, let alone after these junk food dumps raise their prices high enough to pay unskilled workers enough to rent a luxury apartment and make a car payment. GROW UP YOU SPOILED CRY BABIES.
Nov 4, 2013 8:23PM
If you want to compromise on a solution, why don't we raise all restaurant workers pay up to minimum wage, raise all minimum wage to at least $8.50, and make tipping optional.  The problem with restaurant workers is that the claim is that they don't get paid enough, so that;'s the reason tipping is necessary.  If you raise their wages, then tipping should be optional.  Paying Taco Bell employees $15.00 will put them out of work.  They are simply not worth $15.00.  Every other cost would go up as well.  Go back to school.
Nov 4, 2013 9:37PM
When you look at it this way you might say all these people deserve more.....it really doesn't matter if it wasn't them getting the substance it would be given to others, welfare, a foreign country or your congressman's retirement, you name it..this country is now in a run-a-way train wreck.... Have you heard the latest about our border patrol stealing overtime money? 10's of millions $$$$ 
Nov 4, 2013 10:35PM
Really you do not see the correlation here?  There are no jobs and service sector are what is left.  There are many out there working and would not choose to work at fast food, but some work is better than no work, but they can't afford to feed their family. Not everyone can be a CEO of their own company,  but then we would all be million or billionaire's.  And how do you take care of a sick child with no medical?  Give some answers to the problem.
Nov 4, 2013 9:28PM



Because right now, it's politically correct to slam these companies. And you know as well as I do, that being FAIR is ONE THING that ALL of these PC organizations DO NOT do well. Over they years, I've been seeing MORE AND MORE HYPOCRISY from these groups, and it's getting WORSE. They're getting more and more like the Nazi party EVERY YEAR. Not that the right wing groups are much better, but most of them don't claim to be high-minded altruists, like a LOT  of PC NAZIS DO.

Nov 5, 2013 11:11AM

I started working fast food for $1.90 an hour because my mother went back to jail and I needed to eat. By 18 I was a Manager. By the age of 28 I was making $50K a year. By the age of 40 I was the owner and pulling in over 200K. You people are clueless!!! Raise the rate to $15hr and all the people that work fast food will be unemployed and not just getting a little help from Uncle Sam, they will need him for everything. How much more will that cost the tax payers. It is not how much Fast Food Cost tax payers because of low wages, but how much they save tax payers by being the largest employer in the US other than the government itself.

     By the way employees working for me in 1978 for $3.35 could go the movies and take a date for an hours worth of labor. You could buy 3 gallons of gas(not one) or 5 packs of smokes. It is the high cost of labor that drives the prices. Do you think people are better off today making $7.25? It is not fast food that is driving up the cost of everything. High wages/ higher prices= higher income tax/ higher sales tax!!! Get it?? The only person who comes out ahead in this is Uncle Sam!!!

  Oh more more thing KFC made more millionaires than Bill Gates!


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