The oil boom destruction of minimum wage servitude

Weirdness reigns here in Andrews, Texas.  Town’s got bigtime oil threatening to come out and do great things for the onset of piety and improved community morals.  But it’s screwing up everything else.

For instance, there are people all up and down the road here pumping water out of the ground to sell to the oil patches.  Pays almost as well as selling it in plastic bottles in grocery stores and doesn’t leave any plastic jugs lying around.  Plus nobody has to drink the damned stuff.

But more spectacularly, the Golden Arches want to open a hamburger joint in town, but the only people who might do the jobs are the ones working in the pizza joint, the DQ, or others who haven’t yet tapped into the high-paying employment in the oil bidness.

Local paper announced Mac’s going to pay $13.50 per hour starting for neophyte burgerers.  Which probably means pizza joints, DQs, Steak Fingerers, and Tex Mex joints are all going to be matching it, or losing their help.

Probably also means the price of food bought in the eating joints will be costing more than the gas getting there.

Hell of a deal.  Good to know oil’s good for something besides whatever else it’s good for.

Old Jules

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9 responses to “The oil boom destruction of minimum wage servitude

  1. Our small town of Cambridge, Ohio is also feeling the effects of an oil boom right now. They are doing some deep well drilling. If you don’t have a place to drill, they are also looking for places to dump their fracking waste. They say it won’t hurt a thing as it is buried deep, but we know things tend to rise to the surface eventually.

  2. The thing oil seems to be best for is causing needless wars, destroying the environment, promoting elitist notions, and spreading general unhappiness and discontent. Oh my! I sound downright bitter.

  3. Let’s not forget pharmaceuticals etc. for the Cancer industries either.

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