Monday, June 06, 2005

How Long Does it Take You to Earn a Hamburger?

Same friend that tossed me the ribbon jpg also sent along this interesting tidbit:

The Australian newspaper Green Left Weekly carries a small column titled Shockfacts, which reports on statistics that tend to be startling. In its May 25 issue, the weekly asked, How long does it take employees at McDonalds restaurants in the Asia-Pacific region to earn enough money to purchase a Big Mac at their own place of work? Here¹s the latest Shockfact, an interesting excursion into the world of corporate globalization:

Australia - 17 minutes
New Zealand - 28 minutes
Hong Kong - 41 minutes
Malaysia - 1 hour, 26 minutes
South Korea - 1 hour, 29 minutes
Philippines - 2 hours, 19 minutes
Thailand - 2 hours, 45 minutes
China - 3 hours, 58 minutes
Sri Lanka - 5 hours, 53 minutes
India - 8 hours, 34 minutes

And the winner is Pakistan, where it takes a McDonalds worker 14 hours and 14 minutes to buy a lousy burger.

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