It was insane Tuesday at the McDonald's tucked into Children's Hospital at 34th and Spruce Sts. yesterday. The place was jammed with people, most of them African American, who were looking for work. (Didn't see too many kids with wearing Penn regalia.)
In a huge publicity drive, McDonald's trumpeted that it would try to hire 50,000 employees on Tuesday across the nation and including 1,325 for 284 stores in the greater Philadelphia area, including Allentown, Reading, Delaware, Atlantic County and Trenton N.J. There were an average of six openings per restaurant, although someone told an employee at the McDonald's at Children's Hospital that the staff there would double from 26.
Lots of people were looking for work. In fact, a McDonald's manager came scurrying into the building with a box full of empty applications to accommodate the crowd.
Ka-rin George, a high school junior from South Philadelphia, wanted to land a job now to save up money for her senior prom and class dues. Kareem Smith had worked in another burger joint in West Philadelphia, but was laid off four months ago. He'd like to make some money sol he can pursue his real dream, a dual professional track that includes obtaining a commercial driver's license and being an emergency medical technician -- maybe he'd also be able to drive the ambulance.