“I don’t know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people’s garbage”
“I don’t know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people’s garbage” by Michael Snyder for The Economic Collapse Blog
Despite all the bragging that the mainstream media is constantly doing about the U.S. economy, the truth is that most Americans are deeply struggling right now. 59 percent of us are living paycheck to paycheck, and nearly 50 million Americans are living in poverty. Sadly, most of those that are living in poverty actually come from a home where at least one person is currently employed. Millions upon millions of Americans are working as hard as they can, but it simply is not enough to pull them above the poverty line, and it is a very serious national crisis. Even though employment levels have been relatively stable for the last couple of years, the middle class has continued to disintegrate, and the ranks of the homeless have continued to grow. Every year the cost of living rises faster than wages are growing, and as a result more U.S. families are being booted out of the middle class on a continual basis. Many Americans are working two or three jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet, but often that isn’t even enough. And if things are this bad right now, what will things look like once we get deep into the next recession?
Abigail Disney is the granddaughter of the late Roy Disney, and she is exceedingly wealthy, but she does not have any active role with the company her father founded today.
Recently, she heard that employees at Disneyland were having a really rough time making ends meet, and so “she went to Disneyland to see it for herself”…
Abigail Disney told the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that a worker sent her a Facebook message expressing how tragic being employed at the Magic Kingdom has become. So she went to Disneyland to see it for herself.
“Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, ‘I don’t know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people’s garbage,’” Disney, 59, told Yahoo News host and human rights activist Zainab Salbi in an interview posted Monday.
Could you imagine Mickey Mouse and Snow White foraging for food in the dumpster behind an apartment building after a full day of entertaining children?
Apparently this sort of thing is actually happening, and a recent survey of Disney employees discovered that 73 percent of them didn’t make enough money “to pay for basic expenses each month”…
A 2018 survey conducted by on behalf of a group of unions found that nearly three-quarters of full- and part-time employees (73%) said that they didn’t earn enough money working at Disneyland Resort to pay for basic expenses each month. More than half were worried about being evicted, and about one-tenth reported being homeless in the previous two years.
But actually the truth is that the average Disney employee is better off than the average American worker.
Today, the median yearly salary of a Disney employee is $46,127.
According to the Social Security Administration, 50 percent of all American workers make less than $30,533 a year.
Of course the cost of living is much higher in southern California than it is in most of the rest of the nation, and so that must be factored in as well.