In 2005, Florida tomato pickers gained their first significant pay raise since the late 1970s when Taco Bell ended a consumer boycott by agreeing to pay an extra penny per pound for its tomatoes, with the extra cent going directly to the farm workers. Last April, McDonald’s agreed to a similar arrangement, increasing the wages of its tomato pickers to about 77 cents per bucket. But Burger King, whose headquarters are in Florida, has adamantly refused to pay the extra penny — and its refusal has encouraged tomato growers to cancel the deals already struck with Taco Bell and McDonald’s.
This month the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, representing 90 percent of the state’s growers, announced that it will not allow any of its members to collect the extra penny for farm workers. Reggie Brown, the executive vice president of the group, described the surcharge for poor migrants as “pretty much near un-American."
What the hell kind of America does this asshole want to live in? Whatever it is, I sure as hell don't want to be there.
ETA: Tomorrow, I'm calling Burger King's consumer relations to complain. Their number is 305-378-3535. I'll also call the Tomato Grower's Exchange at (407) 660-1949 to express my intention to avoid Florida tomatoes. Reggie Brown's email address is email@example.com