80% of Frito-Lay’s workforce at a plant in Topeka, Kansas are on strike, citing long hours, lousy pay, and disrespect for the dead.
Worker’s Claim #1: They are being forced to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fact Check: We didn’t bother to look into the validity of this claim. But if true, “Naughty! Naughty, Frito-Lay!”
Worker’s Claim #2: Workers want better pay and better management, but management refuses to pay workers better and then immediately fire themselves.
Fact Check: Every worker at every company in America wants better management and better pay. The only exception is Chick-Fil-A (and WIBC, of course).
Worker’s Claim #3: After a worker died, Frito-Lay managers had other employees move the body out of the way and another person moved in to continue production.
Fact Check: Hey, people need their potato chips. Remember the toilet paper shortage? Remember the gas shortage? Okay then.
Oh, and condolences to the family and friends of the dead worker. Does anyone know which vaccine he got?
As horrific as the claim about the dead worker being stuffed in the custodian closet while employees continued to make tasty snacks might be, let’s not forget about Bumble Bee Tuna’s little mishap in 2012 involving Jose Melina, 62, who was cooked alive at the company’s plant in Santa Fe Springs.
Melina was making repairs inside a 36-foot-by-54-inch oven when a co-worker assumed he was just in the bathroom. He wasn’t. Melina’s teammate dumped a bunch of tuna in the oven and turned it on. An autopsy concluded Melena died from burns in the 270-degree pressure cooker.
So see, Frito-Lay workers? At least management didn’t dispose of your former co-worker’s body in one of the deep-fryers.
Okay, this blog post has taken a rather dark turn. Perhaps this parody video from YouTube’s “The Real Spark” of a Frito-Lay worker on strike will cheer you up.
See? All better now.
Hammer and Nigel have more in today’s edition of “Is This Anything?”