Samuel Michael Schildkraut worked for a McDonald's in New Orleans, pre-Katrina. He was hired as a manager-trainee.
They REFUSED to train him and he was mocked by numerous co-workers for being a manager-trainee who didn't know anything. Sam spent many off-the-clock hours studying computer courses on the company computer as to how to do his job; but like many jobs, a show doesn't show everything, it comes down to training on the job. Sam often wondered if this McDonald's was a reject from the huge chain by way of how the company is known for great training.
Sam REDECORATED the joint by cleaning areas that were filthy and making space to make everyone's life more easy. The biggest problems came from Sam's concept of female co-workers and company's health policies.
Sam stated that women were not doing their fair share of the work, especially lifting, when the company policy states that ALL employees are expected to do their fair share, including lifting. This fact was thrown in Sam's face often as he was harassed for being the only one to say out loud that women were getting away without doing their work; and naturally nobody would support him. This is to say nothing of his getting the runaround over the PROMISED promotion to Manager as co-workers made him out to be their Go-For.
Sam spotted numerous health violations, including finding a ripped bag of fudge on the floor, hence the fudge was connecting directly with the dirty floor. He even offered to buy the bag so as to throw it away and management refused, they'd rather sell the item of a value of about five dollars. This McDonald's location had a fire and as a result there was white powder all over a certain area that connected with various products and would make Sam cough when he cleaned the areas.
Sam eventually felt forced to speak with The Board Of Health and was told by the Board that the fire was supposed to be reported to them by McDonald's and WAS NOT.
This all led to Sam's termination. Sam had already sent a letter to this McDonald's, the company's corporate office in Indiana, and Board Of Health. Instead of McDonald's dealing with Sam's request to CLEAN UP, etc., they tossed Sam DENYING that he was hired as a manager trainee.
Sam was approached on his last day and fired by the head of Human Resources and an Erin Irvin who was something of a district manager, both had the look of being full of hate. As Sam left he told both that they were welcome to speak on his cable television show "on the record" as to what was going on at this location and then left. Erin Irvin then ran outside and screamed like a nut, "Don't you threaten us, we've got lawyers !!!".
Few co-workers supported Sam, and what does that tell you. It isn't a question of the food being healthy as it is that the workers Don't Care !!! These are the people who McDonald's keeps employed.
Sam has dealt with the situation in numerous ways, including going on the internet, and recalls, "I remember some website, I think it was mythreecents.com, and it seemed open to those with a gripe but most people wrote back with negative comments such as how a movie like Super Size Me did something important and I was a malcontent because I lost a job in a small area of New Orleans by ratting out the wrongdoings at that McDonald's.". Sam has been in touch with Super-Size Me publicity types who had little to say of what he said against McDonald's on his cable television show.
On Sam's cable show "Confessions Of A Chronic Complainer", Sam did an episode that mixed Super Size Me with the Robert DeNiro & Billy Crystal movie Analzse This and titled his episode "Super-Size This". In the episode Sam plays a whistleblower losing his mind and goes to a head shrink for help.
Sam reflects, "I wasn't trying to be the next documentary king or whatever, but it gets me that the public cares all about a man who makes millions and gets an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary while the little guy making a half hour show off a budget of maybe twenty-five dollars is called a malcontent for losing his job to protect the public. I remember sending emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or something and hearing from them that they cared; and once they got all the information I would give them stopped replying to my emails. I thought there was something to United We Stand and here is the result of McDonald's PROTECTING the wrongdoers who go along with selling food that should have been thrown away and co-workers kissing up to them instead of doing the right thing, and then there is the public who is on their knees and attacking me through the internet. McDonald's french fries are the best, but it is a result of the devil's recipe, so to speak.".