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What Are Crap Jobs Anyway?

I read an article on Fox News today that had me shaking my head. Apparently, Nationwide Insurance has an ad that shows Kevin Federline’s character as a rap superstar. As Federline’s character suddenly comes out of a day dream, the person realizes that he is no longer a superstar but a fast food worker. Having not seen the ad (c’mon YouTube!) I can’t comment on the context of the commercial.

However, the commercial’s premise brings up an interesting topic for debate. The Nationwide commercial is comparing life as a rap star to that of a fast food worker. I suppose the comparison would be that being a rap superstar is a glorious and glamorous life, and being a fast food worker is not. Now does the commercial go further and insult all jobs that have nothing to do with rap super stardom? I think not. The commercial does bring the question up about what are undesirable jobs.

A few weeks ago I argued that the United States should ditch minimum wage. The main reason was because employers should pay employees what the employees are willing to work for. If a fast food worker is willing to work for six dollars an hour, there’s no reason an employer should pay more than that.

Adding to the minimum wage argument, most of us probably wouldn’t want to be garbage men just because it seems like a dirty job. But garbage men are paid rather well and our lives would be made a lot more difficult (and smellier) without them. If a teacher and garbage man make about the same about of money each year, which job do you think you would rather have? Is teaching the more glamorous job?

I don’t think a job is a crap job because it pays less. I don’t even think a job is a crap job if you are picking up crap (although in this case it does make sense). If someone is content in working at a restaurant, drugstore, grocery store, or any job for that matter, then what other people think about the job is irrelevant. Just because Nationwide decided to release a commercial dissing fast food workers doesn’t make working at a fast food restaurant a bad job. I personally wouldn’t be willing to work at a fast food place for what the pay is, but that’s me. I’ve grown accustomed to a higher salary and I personally think I’m worth more.

Some people use that lower paying job as a springboard. Some use the job as an income supplement. And some use the job as a career. There’s nothing wrong with any of those.

I do think it’s humorous that Nationwide decided to use Kevin Federline for the commercial. I don’t think Kevin is glamorous enough for the fast food the commercial allegedly mocks.

Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

6 thoughts on “What Are Crap Jobs Anyway?”

  1. You have officially reached retardation… No one wants to work in fast food… The only reason people work in that industry is because those are the only jobs they can get….. Crap jobs are jobs that people work that pay like crap and the only reason they work 'em is to pay some bills… Sure you can make the argument that high school kids work at fast food places but have you ever met anyone who worked at McDonald's that raved about the work environment? Hell no…. dude Ronald you've officially gone off the deep end….. Fast food is a crap job… you work hard as hell and don't get paid hardly anything while some CEO reeps all the benefits of the profits made by the underpaid worker… that is the definition of a crap job.. but I will say those who work in crap jobs usually decide to in one fashion or another..whether it's because of education or criminal background etc etc…. But c'mon would u rather be with jewelry and ho's or french fries or burgers?

  2. Well Jacob,

    I could have made the argument that all fast food workers are criminals, high school dropouts, low life's, and people with low self-esteem and no motivation. But I didn't because I think it's unfair to judge somebody's character by the job a person has.

    And to answer your question about whether I'd rather be with jewelry and ho's or french fries and burgers… I'd rather not be limited by two choices. I have my own life and I wouldn't want a commercial telling me what's fashionable and what's not.

    Apparently you think that people who work at fast food restaurants are getting the shaft, but the people working there are willing to work there for the price. If the people weren't willing to work, then they would quit or be fired. It's as simple as that. People may hate their job, but a bad job does not equate to a bad and unglamorous life.

  3. You made the comparison between the rapper and fast food worker.. I simply am telling you that a rapper is a better job… and I never said they were getting shafted… mearly their jobs suck! Just like u.. Sucka

  4. Lol. Wow. hmmm. I am just going to say that you are actually both right. Yes, fast food is like basically the only jobs people can get who are illegal aliens, or lacking some sort of degree or high school diploma. And since it IS the only job they can get they are willing to work for the pay. Thats my opinion.

  5. Thanks Ashlee for your input. Illegal aliens can be a problem with my minimum wage theory because they are willing to work for a lot less.

    Some people say that illegals do that jobs that nobody is willing to do. That is not true. If you pay somebody enough, people will do the jobs. A more correct statement would be to say that illegals do the jobs at a wage that nobody else is willing to work for.

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