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Kelsey Jans Professor Barbera Estermann English 104 5 December 2006 “Working at McDonalds” by Amitai Etzioni: An Evaluation Amitai Etzioni is the author of “Working at McDonalds” In his essay he explains that working at a fast food restaurant may be detrimental for teenagers. He stresses the following main points that I would like to cover in my analysis of his essay: That McDonalds and other fast food restaurants do not provide entrepreneurial opportunities for teenagers, that the salary in the fast food industry is not rewarding, that working will undermine school attendance and involvement; and finally he states that the fast food industry cannot provide career ladders. In my evaluation of his essay, I will examine Amitai’s points and compare them with my own experiences in the restaurant industry to draw on my conclusion. Amitai explains that fast food restaurants do not provide entrepreneurial opportunities for teenagers. Amitai first tells us that “In folklore, few pursuits are more deeply revered than the newspaper route and the sidewalk lemonade sand. Here the youngsters are to learn how sweet are the fruits of the labor and the self discipline (papers are delivered early in the morning, rain or shine), and the ways of the trade (if you priced your lemonade too high or too low…). (par.4)This statement demonstrates to us that the jobs teenagers held in the past were better at teaching the teenagers the skills that they would need in the future. It shows us that the jobs in the fast food industry are “ Far from
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providing entrepreneurship ( the lemonade stand) or self-discipline, self-supervision, and self-scheduling (the paper route), most teen jobs these days are “highly routinized”.”(par.6)
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