Tomorrow is election day in the United States as citizens will vote for new public servants. Voting is a priviledge that Americans enjoy. It wasn’t like this all the time though. Women were not allowed to vote in the United States until the 19th Amendment was passed.
Unfortunately, elections can be rigged. Just ask Paul Siegfried, a McDonald’s franchisee owner with stores in Canton, Ohio.
Last month, when employees at his McDonald’s stores opened their paychecks, they found a very special surprise included along with their checks. No, it wasn’t a bonus check; that would be silly and very unusual for a McDonald’s. It was a pamphlet that included the following touching message: “If the right people are elected, we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above the current levels. If others are elected, we will not.”
The right people of course being Republican candidates running for office in the area. I’m no legal expert, but I believe what Mr. Siegfried’s McDonald’s stores did would be considered illegal. In fact, according to Allen Schulman, who is the Democractic president of the Canton City Council, and who also happens to be a lawyer, the “distribution of the pamphlet — which was printed on a McDonald’s letterhead — violates a 1953 Ohio statute that prohibits political material from being attached to wage envelopes.”
So what have we learned? If you want to make sure the candidate(s) of your choice gets some votes, threaten to take away raises and benefits from your employees unless they vote for said candidate(s).
There is one question I have on my mind though. Even if the “right people” were elected, would Mr. Siegfried kept his promise and offered raises and benefits to his employees? I feel a big fat “nay” coming along.