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Letter to the editor in today's Post-Dispatch. In St. Louis, some fast food workers are striking for better wages.

Owner made fast-food restaurants successful, not the employees

Regarding the front-page article about protests over fast-food wages ("Protesters target low wages at fast-food outlets," May 10):

Once upon a time there was a man named Dave Thomas. He took some of the $1.5 million he made from Col. Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken to invest in a new company, Wendy's old-fashioned hamburgers. As founder and CEO, he was entitled to hire whoever he wanted to be his administrators, other salaried personnel and hourly employees. This company did very well. It has been the third-largest hamburger chain in the world for more than 30 years, with 6,500-plus stores.

All of this, only to have some brainwashed college student say, "They need me just like we need them." No, they don't. You did not invest millions of dollars in this company. You did not decide which policies would be standard for every Wendy's store. You did not hire the personnel at all levels who would implement those policies with the result that the company would be this successful. You merely filled out an application, revealing much personal info about yourself without any guarantee of getting hired. You signed on the line agreeing that you had read all employee rules and policies and agreeing to whatever wage they said they'd pay you. You could be replaced very quickly. They did you no wrong.

If you can't live on $7.35, then go get a job that you can live on!

John Spencer • Ferguson

http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-to-the-...

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Surely the author is an economist. :)
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