Everything is getting more expensive in Joe Biden’s America. From energy to groceries to rent, costs are up, and real wages are down as Americans struggle to keep pace with high inflation and runaway expenses. Credit card debt is stacking up as well, as American consumers and the country at large continue to spend money they, and it, don’t have.
The increased energy costs are also affecting consumers, as companies aren’t content to absorb the extra expense incurred by higher shipping costs and higher fuel prices. These increases aren’t confined to high-ticket items like cars and homes. As anyone who has been to a grocery store in the last year-and-a-half knows, food is expensive.
It isn’t just food at the grocery store that has gone sky-high. Dining out has become an expensive treat, and even fast food restaurants are now fetching steep prices for what once was cheap and easy fare. There are numerous reasons for the price increases, chief amongst them the economy, but consumers don’t care, and they are sounding off on social media.
A recently resurfaced clip of an Idaho man railing against higher prices at McDonald’s is once again gaining attention. The customer received the sticker shock at a store in Post Falls, Idaho, and took to TikTok to air his grievances. He said: “So, I get there’s a labor shortage, I get there’s wage increases and a number of other things But $16? $16 for a burger, a large fry and a drink? It’s just crazy!”
Perhaps the shocked customer actually doesn’t get that labor shortages and wage increases for entry-level jobs actually affect the cost of the product. Businesses like McDonald’s are designed to make money, and when the bottom line gets pinched by liberal demands for exorbitantly high wages for unskilled labor, someone has to pay.
The clip resurfaced after McDonald’s recently reported an increase in revenue directly caused by strategic hikes in certain menu items. It remains to be seen if the company was simply getting ahead of expected mandatory wage hikes in places like California, where California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law a $20 dollar minimum wage for fast food workers.
Predictably, social media was split in response to the complaints from the disgruntled customer. One commenter said: “It’s officially not convenient or affordable anymore,” while another said, “Companies know they can get these prices now so they’ll never go back.”
On the flip side, one commenter pointed out that the complaining customer ordered the most expensive thing on the menu: “Bro ordered the most expensive meal they have and acted surprised,” and another said, “You sound like those boomers that complained about 5 dollar popcorn.”
This all follows a March story from Connecticut where another creator went viral complaining about a $16.89 Big Mac combo meal. That particularly unhappy customer said: “Ya’ll remember them stimulus checks they gave out? Thought you was getting away with that stimulus money huh? They want it back.”
As fate would have it, voting has consequences, and Americans everywhere are feeling the consequences of the vote in 2020, even the ones who didn’t vote for what we are getting as a country right now. For the foreseeable future, expect higher prices at the drive-through and more sad meals than happy meals.
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