A McDonald’s worker fed-up with rude customers has posted an astonishing rant on Facebook which has gone viral.
The burger chain’s employees have long been subjected to rude and mocking comments from punters because of their place of employment.
And Mike Waite, 20, who works up to 50 hours a week in Edinburgh’s Fort Kinnaird branch is fed up of people’s “judgemental criticism”.
In a lengthy Facebook rant, which has racked up 26,000 likes since it was posted on Sunday (May 8) Mike wrote:
“Let me be clear. Yes I work at McDonald’s…Why? Not because I have no aspiration, motivation or intelligence, but for the opposite, because in a few months time like a great number of people I work with I will be going back into higher education.
“The one thing McDonald’s is is a job which is extremely flexible, has opportunities for growth and can allow you to do what you want to do.
“There are people becoming pilots, lawyers, designers, architects, and people who are at a point in their life that they will do whatever it takes to look after their family.”
Mike, who lives in Edinburgh, said he admires his co-workers determination to work – unlike a “huge number of people in this country” who rely on “handouts”.
He added: “In the past I have known and worked with very rich folks in very high end jobs, and a few of them could never match the resilience and work ethic of some of the current lads and lassies.
“McDonald’s is not only letting me save up for university, but setting me up with flexible work I can continue over the next years to come.”
The fast-food worker confessed he did not expect his post to go viral and only expected friends from his work to see it.
He said: “There’s been a lot of support from people who are local.
“At my store there are a lot of people who can relate to it but I’ve been surprised that people in other branches, and other people, have liked and shared it.”
Mike admitted he has been close to walking out on a shift on several occasions – but the 20-year-old strongly defended his employers as a good place to work.
He said: “Damn right McDonald’s will be on my CV, this job has pushed my limits in so many areas.
“Yes, it has its downsides, yes, the wages can be bad and yes it can be difficult, but every job has is negatives and McDonald’s is no different.
“Overall please just take your preconceptions and be rid of them because I work with some amazing people, and like many of them McDonald’s is not a “dead-end” of my working life but rather part of the beginning.”
Mike hilariously concluded his rant with the coined McDonald’s phrase “Now, what drink would you like with that order?” MCDONALDS WORKER’S RANT ABOUT “RUDE” CUSTOMERS GOES VIRAL