'I enjoy making six figures. I enjoy getting bonuses. I enjoy my job.'
Editor's note: This article was originally published on September 16, 2022. It has since been updated.
Everyone should be respected regardless of what job they work. A TikTok user recently reminded all of us that we tend to look down on certain jobs. She called out a commenter and explained why she chooses to work at McDonald's. Just like everywhere else, if you're ambitious, work hard, and have people management skills, you can succeed there. There is nothing else more important than genuinely gratifying work.
After releasing a video in which she called out a commenter who made fun of her for working as a manager at McDonald's, TikTok user @luck33one went viral. She listed all the key benefits of her position at McDonald's in the video. In the end, she says that she has a career rather than just a job.
"Look how cute, more job shaming," she said, referring to a comment that was shaming her for her job at McDonald's. The comment read, "This is the only job she could get, like who wants to be a manager at McDonald's, lmao." The TikTok user then started listing all the perks of the job she dearly loves, "Considering that we're the world's largest restaurant chain, and we're in over 100 countries, apparently a lot of people want to be managers at McDonald's, and every one of those McDonald's requires a general manager."
She continued by saying she "worked very, very hard for it for a lot of years," and that she "invested" in this job of hers like a career, "because that's what this is." She asserted, "I'm a salaried employee," continuing, "I don’t know about you, but I enjoy making six figures. I enjoy getting bonuses. I enjoy my job."
"So you can keep laughing your butt off and I'm gonna keep going to the bank," she concluded her TikTok. The TikTok user made a very important point about having financial security because of her employment. She also genuinely enjoys what she is doing, which is a big deal as people seldom stay invested in a job for long on the basis of money alone without a feeling of purpose. The commenters on her TikTok were extremely encouraging and offered their own stories of finding success in "unexpected" locations. Good people management is a very useful talent to possess. It's a quality that will always be in demand.
Diplomacy and emotional intelligence are crucial at work, according to workplace expert Lynn Taylor, author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant," who made this point quite effectively in a recent interview with Bored Panda. It's what sets exceptional workers apart from average ones. “You will ascend faster to senior management with such traits as independence, wisdom, resourcefulness, and patience to see a problem through. You may not have all the answers, but giving it your best shot is imperative,” the expert shared.
"Get a real job!" Any job where you have to dedicate your time, body, and labor to make a living is a real job. Only work part-time? Real job. Work at McDonalds? Real job. Working on poverty wages? Real job. Fuck outta here with that get a real job noise. Its poverty shaming.— SpectacularSnyderman (@SpectacularSny1) August 21, 2022
@tessajurceka writes, in support, "like literally. I made 98000 last year managing a gas station. I get people who job shame me all the time. and I'm like okay." Another user STIL143 commented, "People don’t realize that managers at McDonald’s are not to be laughed at." A user asked if people shame others in the food industry, then who do they expect will serve them food? User @Michelllllllllllllllllleya asks, "People act like something is wrong with food service employees but expect perfect service when they go get food…😂 like.. huh?!" A user EA describes how fast food managers usually get people more money than jobs that require more education than that, "Jokes on them, fast food managers make more money than most careers that require higher education. I’m a teacher and they make way more than me!"
Job shaming is really crazy to me because someone will talk down on McDonalds workers for example yet also expect there to be someone at that window to give them a fish fillet. Make it make sense— 𝒯 (@taayrantino) January 2, 2022