Sooner or later it's going to happen to Wal-Mart.
I don't blame poor wages on McDonald's and Wal-Mart. Raising the minimum wage is just a band-aid; some businesses can raise it, and others will go out of business.
I blame the poor economy on the government, with its inflation, debt, regulations, Affirmative Action for incompetents.
One of my friend's father got an Associate Degree in I-Don't-Remember. He was old enough to have been in the Navy during WWII (which he said was "a waste of four years of my life").
He went to work for Sears (which is now owned by K-Mart, otherwwise it would have gone under), got regular raises, had benefits, and made a good middle-class living.
Of course, those days are now gone, and I don't blame it on the businesses. Again, I blame it on the government.
McDonald's in trouble. Wal-Mart is in trouble.
The middle-class is being destroyed, courtesy of the government, and it's affecting businesses from its stupidity and ignorance.
Some people think this is all due to a conspiracy by the "Powers That Be." There is no conspiracy, just a bunch of competing special-interest groups. Who decided to damage McDonald's and Wal-Mart, and to choose Amazon as a success? The market, that's who, and those businesses who made poor decisions.
If we had a really good economy wages would go up from competition for workers.
The get-a-good-job-be-taken-care-of-for-your-career lasted about 70 years. These days, you just about have to be a entrepreneur to make a decent living.
Wages stopped going up in January, 1974.
Thank you, you dipshit government bureaucrats!