The Prestige of Patty Flipping: China’s Hamburger University More Exclusive Than Harvard

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Nelson Ching / Bloomberg

Surely there’s no ivy on the Golden Arches, but Chinese students are trading big-name colleges for Big Macs.

McDonald’s booming initiative in China needs more capable managers than ever to keep its 1,300 stores running full steam ahead, not to mention keeping pace with the company’s plan to open 1,000 new locations in the next four years. The fast-food giant recently opened a Hamburger University training center on the outskirts of Shanghai, and those with the gusto for managing burger-flipping and fry-cooking are eagerly awaiting their day in the classroom.

But Bloomberg reports that only eight out of every 1,000 Mickey D’s workers get to head to the “school.” It’s a selection rate of less than one percent, compared to the U.S.’s most prestigious college, Harvard, which reports a 7 percent acceptance rate. Students take a five-day management course at Hamburger U. with a select class of 30 others. They’re called back for additional seminars as their schedules allow, all on McDonald’s dime.

(More on See how McDonalds is booming during the recession.)

But why are millions of Chinese trading books for burgers? Simply, the economic outlook is as grim in China as it is in America – if not moreso. The Atlantic notes that more than 26 percent of China’s college graduates are unemployed, compared with a 4.2 percent unemployment rate for the country’s urban workforce.

Though NewsFeed supposes a job is a job, especially one that pays for its workers’ educations. And maybe there are even a few Big Macs thrown in, to sweeten the deal.


To get the obvious out of the way:  The Youtuber who's putting on those kinds of "performances" and then gleefully posting them to Youtube is nothing more than a juvenile Manchild who will likely never have a meaningful relationship with the female gender (let alone actual intercourse).

Second, I take issue with two points the author of the article - Jessica Roy - made, and they are as follows:

1) According to Ms. Roy's blanket assessment, if you happen to be a woman, than it's guaranteed you've been sexually harassed at some point during your earthly existence.  Yet, she provides no data or studies whatsoever to substantiate that claim, leaving it open to scrutiny.

2) Also according to Ms. Roy, Free Sex = Sex Without Consent = Rape, or (more simply) Free Sex = Rape.  In what universe or parallel universe does that claim hold a modicum of truth?  Seriously - is Ms. Roy equating recorded innuendo-laden hip-thrusts with the emotionally/mentally/physically damaging act of rape??  Please, Ms. Roy (or anyone else), tell me that I'm misreading that concluding remark.

[Sidenote to the TIME Magazine Editorial Staff:  You really need to do a better job of 1) vetting your contributors/writers, and 2) prevent such drivel from being posted to your site.]


If you have nothing better to do than air hump three feet to the side of an unsuspecting woman with a camera angle making it look like you're nailing them, you need to get a life.

If you have nothing better to do than write an analytical article about the social implications of a man air humping three feet to the side of an unsuspecting woman, you SERIOUSLY need to get a life.