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Breaking news at the U.K. Guardian: Low-income people actually like McDonald’s

June 10, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Prayer group: whoever wants to come can join.

         Mickey D beats a government-run “community center”

What do the simple folk do
To help them escape when they’re blue?
The shepherd who is ailing, the milkmaid who is glum
The cobbler who is wailing from nailing his thumb
When they’re beset and besieged
The folk not noblessly obliged
However do they manage to shed their weary lot?
Oh, what do simple folk do we do not?

According to the U.K. Guardian, they go to–eewww!–McDonald’s!

The headline tells it all: McDonald’s: “You Can Sneer, But It’s the Glue That Holds Communities Together.”


But what fascinates me–and I’ve got to give Arnade credit for pointing this out:

“They are not doing this by going to government-run community service centers. They are not always doing this by utilizing the endless array of well-intentioned not-for-profit outreach programs. They are doing this on their own, organically across the country, in McDonald’s….

“Walk into any McDonald’s in the morning and you will find a group of mostly retired people clustering in a corner, drinking coffee, eating and talking. They are drawn to the McDonald’s because it has inexpensive good coffee, clean bathrooms, space to sprawl. Unlike community centers, it is also free of bureaucracy….

“They prefer McDonald’s to shelters and to non-profits, because McDonald’s are safer, provide more freedom, and most importantly, the chance to be social, restoring a small amount of normalcy.”

The standard Guardian-reading line is that what low-income people need most is for the government or some NGO do-gooders to set up bureaucrat-staffed “community service centers” to hold their hands and provide them with a social life. Turns out that poor people, like most people, are actually capable of creating their own social lives and prefer not to have officious hoverers employed by “outreach programs” try to do that for them.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    There may not be anything “lower income” about these gatherings.

    When I’m touring on my motorcycle in the AM I often stop for a Big Breakfast at McDonalds (it’s cool out there, and after a while I need those hot eggs and hashbrowns). That’s when I see these groups of usually four, six or eight. Typically they’re retirement-age. Most are white, while other groups are Chinese. The Chinese groups are sometimes a dozen or more. It’s obvious they do this regularly. They seem like ordinary folk. Most groups are mixed men and women, and they’re obviously old married couples.

    I’m in North America, and it’s unthinkable this way of socializing was transmitted from here to the UK, or vice-versa. So there must be something natural about it. Perhaps it’s partly the guaranteed absence of their overbearing hipster singleton entitled college-weenie grandkids.

    And I’m guessing one thing they have in common is none of them would be caught dead in a Starbucks paying $6 for a coffee.

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