McDonald’s worker arrested after telling company president she can’t afford shoes.
"A woman who has been employed by the McDonald’s Corporation for over 10 years says she was arrested last week after she confronted the company president at a meeting and told him she couldn’t afford to buy shoes or food for her children.
Nancy Salgado, 26, told The Real News that she felt like she had to speak out during McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton’s speech at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday for the sake of her children.
“It’s really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,” she shouted as Stratton was speaking. “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I’ve worked for McDonald’s for ten years?”
“I’ve been there for forty years,” Stratton replied from the podium.
“The thing is that I need a raise. But you’re not helping your employees. How is this possible?” Salgado asked.
At that point, someone approached Salgado and informed her that she was going to be arrested.
She later recalled the encounter to The Real News’ Jessica Desvarieux.
“The strength was very powerful, like, just remembering the face of my kids, like I say, you know, just simple things like I can’t provide a pair of shoes like everybody else does, sometimes every month, or anything like that,” she said. “And he needs to know we are what all the employees at McDonald’s are going through. We’re struggling day to day to provide our needs in our houses, things for our kids. And it’s just–it gets harder and harder with just the poverty wage they have us living in.”
“They just told me, you know, well, you’re being under arrest because you just interrupted, you trespassed the property. You’re just going to go to jail,” Salgado added. “And what I remember just telling them, ‘well, like, so, because I have to speak out my mind and I had to tell the president the poverty wage I’m living in, that’s just against the law?’ You know, just be able to speak up your mind and say, you know what, I can’t survive with $8.25? It’s just — it’s ridiculous that I’m going to get arrested. You know.”
Salgado, who is still working at McDonald’s, said she had her hours cut following the arrest and feared further retaliation.
“The CEOs make millions and billions a year and why can’t they provide enough for their employees?” she wondered.”
I think that this is beyond awful for many reasons. People can’t afford to live off of the wages that they are given currently, and can’t even speak out against it. I know tumblr is great for spreading important news like this, so please help me get the word out to support this woman.
Internet, time to do our thing and make this go viral!
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I have a confession…
On the night of our prom, my friends and I decided to go have fun instead of being all fancy at some dance. We went go-kart riding and to the batting cages.
Then we went to my best friend’s girlfriend’s house to get drunk. It was Me, my girlfriend, my best friend, her girlfriend, Nicole, Madelin, Louis, and Melissa eventually.
I was drunk and ended up clinging to my girlfriend most of the night.
Once, she got up to do something and left me on the couch by myself. My best friend came over and sat next to me. I don’t remember why, or what she was saying to me. Or even what was going on. Maybe I hugged her. I’m not sure. She was drunk. I was drunk.
All I remember was our eyes meeting for what felt like hours. Without warning, I feel my body lean closer to her. Part of me realized that I was about to kiss her and stopped. I thought of my girlfriend and knew that my simple desire to experience a kiss from a girl I once wished to marry could turn it to something really wrong really fast. No matter the longing, no matter the wishing, no matter the craving, no matter the opportunity presenting itself bluntly to me, I could not hurt my girlfriend.
Though, she was drunk, I think my best friend sensed something. It’s like we had a connection without words and understood how I felt. She got up, but before leaving she kissed me on my forehead. I tried to remember any other time she had done that. None came to mind.
I wonder if she was feeling the way I was feeling in that moment. I might just be crazy, but part of me believes that she actually WANTED me to kiss her in that moment… :/