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Burger King Kicks Out 6 Month Old, Shows What Is Wrong with America

By Glinda


I’m sure by now you have all heard the story about a Burger King franchise in St. Louis that asked a mother who brought her shoeless infant into the restaurant to leave because she was violating what the workers believed was a health code violation regarding shoelessness.

This post is not about that.

Well, not really.

This post is really a rant about the state of education in our country as a whole, and how we as a society are failing to teach our children critical thinking skills.

So if you don’t feel like reading a semi-rant today, then I suggest you go elsewhere.  I’m sure we’ll be back to the fun and light by tonight.

What I really take issue with is the utter failure of the staff to interpret the rules in a way that involves actually using their brains.  And really, it wasn’t even a rule, they were totally mistaken about that.  But that is somewhat beside the point, because they acted as if it was.

But, they lacked the ability to reason and say to themselves, ok, if an employee or an adult were to walk into the store without shoes, that is one ball of wax.  But an infant who is incapable of walking?  That is an entirely different ball of wax, and perhaps in that instance, the rules could be bent.

They could not separate a “rule” from the gray area that exists in daily living.  The gray area we encounter constantly and must adapt to on an almost minute by minute basis.

And this is where I feel that with the importance the education system is placing on rote learning and memorization in order to do well in tests, instead of real world knowledge, is where we are failing our kids.  Because even if it is the education system that is placing the emphasis on tests, it is us parents who are also failing to stop them.

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8 Responses to “Burger King Kicks Out 6 Month Old, Shows What Is Wrong with America”

  1. class factotum Says:

    This is also an example of “zero tolerance” thinking. The school that strip-searches the girl who has motrin. The students who are expelled for kissing on the bus. Etc, etc, etc. How are kids supposed to learn to think about what the rules really mean and what they are supposed to accomplish if the adults around them are incapable of doing so?


  2. Awesome Mom Says:

    Well to be fair now parents need to also be involved here. If the school is nto teaching my kids everything I think they should know it is on me to take up the slack. quite honestly I think the schools often teach things I would rather be left to me and are not always getting in the real stuff they should be teaching.

  3. raincoaster Says:

    Having had one of those jobs, I have to suggest that the fault lies perhaps with the corporations. I’ve had managers give the most boneheaded, asinine orders, much along these lines, along with threats of firing for failure to toe the line.

    Employment in these blue- and pink-collar jobs goes hand in hand with accepting stupid orders from management. Perhaps with the economic squeeze, some of those managers who preferentially hire robot drones and who train them to obey all orders, no matter how ridiculous, will find themselves looking for new opportunities, as they say.

  4. raincoaster Says:

    Ah, just as one example, when I worked for Starbucks they were being sued by somebody who spilled hot coffee all over themselves. We were firmly instructed to say “That’s hot, be careful” every time we handed a beverage over. Even a Frappucchino.

    Yes, really.

  5. class factotum Says:

    Raincoaster, I hear what you are saying. It makes my husband nuts every time he buys something on sale at World Market and the manager has to make the price adjustment (because the sale price does not scan). The company does not trust cashiers to override prices. I see the company’s point completely — I worked at Macy’s one Christmas and we could override the system price, but I saw other cashiers giving discounts to their friends and re-using employee discount coupons that were supposed to be used once only.

    I was the bitch who would throw the coupon in the drawer and act all innocent — “Oh! I thought that was just supposed to be used once!” — and who would say, “Oh, no, I don’t think I can clock you in” when someone would call and say she was late and would be there in 15 minutes but would I just key in her code so it looked like she was there?

    So the dilemma is — what costs you more? Fraud or pissing off customers? How do you design your systems and processes to prevent theft and fraud without wasting employee time (manager override) and annoying your customers?

  6. SarcasticTeacher Says:

    Seriously? We’re judging the effectiveness of our teachers and schools by employees at Burger King? I doubt these people are really shining examples of the cream of the public school crop. Sure, everyone works a retail or fast food job at some point but the people who make it a career generally are not the best example of what our educational system has to offer.

    The schools can socialize your children and teach them the building blocks of education but the bulk of the skills your child needs to be a useful human being should still come from the parents.

  7. Glinda Says:

    Have you ever heard of a team only being as good as its weakest player?

    And how do you know that the particular people employed at that Burger King were “career” fast food workers?

    Education has to be a partnership between the school system and parents, both are equally important.

  8. enygma Says:

    Please don’t blame the teachers, even though it’s easy to do so. It’s not the teachers’ faults that standardized tests have become our golden standard for assessing student achievement. All the teachers I know and with whom I’ve worked detest NCLB and how it’s ruined education.
    I agree with SarcasticTeacher and Glinda. Education is a collaborative effort between the educators and the parents.

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