James Franco Pens Op-Ed: "McDonald's Was There for Me When No One Else Was"
"If you're buying fast food, how much entitlement does that buy you?"
James Franco wrote a love letter to McDonald's in the Washington Post, which included his hopes that the company's strategy to reverse their downturn will work.
"All I know is that when I needed McDonald’s, McDonald’s was there for me. When no one else was," Franco wrote.
The actor detailed how he sought work at the fast food chain while supporting himself after dropping out of UCLA. "Someone asked me if I was too good to work at McDonald’s. Because I was following my acting dream despite all the pressure not to, I was definitely not too good to work at McDonald’s," Franco penned.
Franco revealed that he would practice fake accents — "Brooklynese, Italian, British, Irish, Russian, Southern" — with customers while working at the drive-thru, in order to practice for his acting class.
While he praised McDonald's, Franco had his fair share of complaints about some of the customers that frequented the fast food restaurant.
"Parents ordering for their children are the worst, and parents ordering for a group of children, like a sports team, are the devil incarnate. Some customers seem to think that paying for food entitles them to boss the service workers around, but if you’re buying fast food, how much entitlement does that buy you? When you’re paying a dollar for a burger, is it the end of the world if I accidentally forgot to take the mustard off the order?"
After "whistleblowing" that everyone ate from the fry hopper, Franco concluded with one final compliment: "When I was hungry for work, they fed the need."