A Dutch McDonald’s employee is fired for adding an unauthorised slice of cheese to a burger. (Read here
.) I love stories like this that illustrate the petty mindedness, rule obsession and control freakery of super-sized corporations.
After all, it was Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, who said:
“We have found out … that we cannot trust some people who are nonconformists. We will make conformists out of them … The organization cannot trust the individual; the individual must trust the organization.”
The quote sounds like a dictum of Stalinism, rather than from a paradigm of western individualism. It is one of those nice structural fractures that reveals the reality behind the myth. And both the story and the quote are very Weedy.
(At the end of the linked story, sense was enforced by a court that ruled that McDs were wrong to fire the employee and awarded damages against the company.)
Author of the novels Another Perfect Day in ****ing Paradise, Sanctioned, Weed, King of the Undies World, The Underpants Tree, and the story collection Un-Tall Tales. Editor, freelance writer, occasional cartoonist, graphic designer, and all that stuff. At heart he is a London person, but the rest of his body is in long-term exile in Osaka, Japan.
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