As some of you know I now work at McDudes* again. After trying to find work far and wide McDudes* was the only company to offer me a job.
Now, I have noticed at least one up-side to working there (where I mainly work in the kitchen): if you don't maintain some level of mindfulness, you get hurt. Yesterday, for example, I lost mindfulness and tripped over a bun tray that had been carelessly discarded. I was fortunate not to seriously injure myself considering the equipment in the kitchen I could have fallen on. Whilst working I am forced to be mindful simply because of the threat of injury. For me, this is good for practice.
On the other hand, McDudes* food is sold as a 'treat', not as food to be eaten every day. I see the same children come in day after day who have basically been abandoned by their pub-faring parents. They buy their dinner everyday from McDudes*. Despite the fact that McDudes* do offer healthy alterative food, it's rarely bought by these children. I can't help feeling I'm selling death to kids. We can offer the healthy options, but the children ultimately have the final choice and seem to always choose the fried food option.
So, I'm a little torn. I know I need to work to pay the bills, and unfortunately there is no alternative work currently available. I can find some personal benefit to working there, but at the same time see damage the company causes.
Do you think working for McDudes* is wrong livelihood?
* I don't want to get sued so the company name has been changed in this thread.