You pull into McDonald's at lunch time. Since the parking lot is nearly empty you decide to go inside, rather than using the drive-thru. You contemplate ordering single items off the $5 menu, but instead decide to go with a Big Mac Extra Value Meal that includes the sandwich, fries and drink, for only $19.95.
Up at the counter the cashier, Cheryl, takes your order. She makes 17.95/hour plus benefits. Cheryl informs you that you are going to have to wait about 15 minutes. Apparently there aren't any fries in the bin, and a new batch has to be made.
You: Why does it take 15 minutes to make more fries? Isn't this supposed to be fast food?
Cheryl: Our fry guy, Bob, just went on break. Don't worry, he'll get right on it as soon as he gets back.
You: I see like six people back there. Why can't one of them drop a new batch of fries?
Cheryl: Because making fries isn't their job. That's Bob's job.
You: Uh, ok. Since I have some time to kill, can I ask you a couple of questions?
You: How does this place stay in business? The prices seem really high for what I'm getting. It's fast food that isn't fast, and it's lunch time with hardly any one here. How do you manage it?
Cheryl: Don't you pay attention to the news? We just got a $60 billion bailout from the government. Don't worry, our jobs are safe here.
You: Thanks for the explanation.