Wednesday, March 29, 2023


Has anyone in your immediate family ever worked at McDonald’s?

Did you work at McDonald’s as a teenager, maybe after high school or college? Or have you worked there lately to supplement your retirement income? Or did you work at one of the fast food restaurants any other time in your life?

If you have never worked at McDonald’s how about your spouse or significant other? Or your child – heck, maybe a son or daughter works there right now, or one grew up and bought a franchise?

The book “Fast Food Nation” (a fascinating read) estimates that one in eight Americans has worked at McDonald’s at one time or another. Comedian and talk show host Jay Leno got his start working at McDonald’s. Actress Andie MacDowell worked at a McDonald’s in South Carolina. Billionaire Jeff Bezos worked at the grill at a McDonald’s. “You can learn responsibility in any job if you take it seriously,” Bezos later said about the job. “You learn a lot as a teenager working at McDonald’s. It’s different from what you learn in school. Don’t underestimate the value of that!”

So how about you or a member of your immediate family?





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Einar Hansen
1 year ago

3 Night Shifts as a closer, and cleaning the shake machine sucked, So I walked out

Debby Diver
1 year ago

No, but I worked at a Burger King for a summer.

Neal Davis
1 year ago

I worked as a bus boy at a sit-down restaurant’s lunch seating one summer long ago (as in the year of the bicentennial). I also had a nephew that was a cook at a Waffle House for several months, also quite a while ago. Aside from these two instances, no food-service employment in my family over the last 110 years, probably longer.

Diane M
1 year ago

No, but my son worked at Taco Bell and my brother worked at Pizza Hut.

1 year ago

My oldest son’s first job when living in Phoenix was McDonalds. Freshman year in high school and the stench of cooking burgers. Then when we moved back to the east coast it was Dunkins and it was that sweet donut smell mixed with coffee. Maybe a wider shot at this is how many worked at DD. Myself was cooperate at Jack in the Box 4 years, great employer. As a teenager a snank bar summer time.

Last edited 1 year ago by Skip
David Onder
1 year ago

This was my shortest tenure at any job. I worked there for about 1 month before getting a job at Hardee’s as a biscuit maker on Saturday mornings. Then off to Dairy Queen before the real jobs began.

1 year ago

Nope. But I did work at a Steak & Shake in Houston in the ’70s.
Manager was a big tough guy, in complete tears when Elvis died.
Really good shakes there and we got a free meal during our shift.

1 year ago

My niece, as a teen. She was sexuslly harassed by the manager until my brother, her father, had a little chat with him.

James Starling
1 year ago

Jack in the Box was better employer, and trading a milkshake for KFC nextdoor at the end of the day was a great perk!

1 year ago

Not at McD, but I did work at a greasy spoon for 3 + yrs. learned to manage and save money.

Roy Davis
1 year ago

I checked no because neither I or my spouse nor any of our kids worked for McDonalds. However, both my younger sister and brother did. I guess the poll writer doesn’t consider siblings as immediate family.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Roy Davis

I think you don’t understand the meaning of immediate family.

Bob M
1 year ago

I was offered a job at McDonald’s , but when they told me I’d have to get a haircut. I turned the job down and went across the street and got a job at McCrory.s Department store. A couple years later the Air Force gave me a free haircut.

Gene Bjerke
1 year ago

I checked “yes,” though that is not strictly correct. When I was in high school back in the dark ages I worked briefly in a different 25-cent hamburger place. (If you can remember 25-cent hamburgers, you are as ancient as me.)

Jim Prideaux
1 year ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

They were 15 cent when I first went!

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim Prideaux

Yes when McDonald’s first came to the Midwest their hamburgers sold for 12 cents and cheese burgers were 15 cents, I asked my dad if I could have a cheeseburger because times were tight.

1 year ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

I remember Gene. 75 cents 2 cheeseburgers, small fry and small drink.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago

I worked at a small hot dog stand in Chicago for a while. It was owned by a high school buddy and his family. It was fun. We landed on the moon while I worked there.

Uncle Swags
1 year ago

Worked in the restaurant at a JJ Newberry’s mopping floors, washing dishes and changing Fry Max. Most of the other employees were older and doing it for a living. Taught me to appreciate getting an education.

1 year ago

not Mickey D’s but i worked at a Burger King in high school.

steve jensen
1 year ago

My wife worked at McDonalds when I met her 47 years ago

1 year ago

Yes, a sibling

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 year ago

I worked at a competitor which has since gone away (08/69)Burger Chef. My daughter worked at a Palm Beach County chain- Bud’s chicken and Seafood. Since then she absolutely refuses to eat chicken- even decades later. My grandson worked at Taco Belle and is now a barista at Starbucks. My son-in-love has had 2 stints as a barista there also. You work what you can find that the salary will make a difference to-unlike my old job when said daughter was an infant and in costing out the actual money I would be contributing above expenses, came up with $5 a week- 1973 dollars- which would be $23 weekly today, and this money would’ve been wiped out if had to wean her and put her on formula.

1 year ago

Worked for three years, moving from part time evening grill cook to assistant manager. Developed a work ethic that served me throughout my career. Food service experience got me my first job working in the correctional system and I moved up to retire as a regional administrator.

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