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Residents of Venice dream of working at McDonald's

In Venice, 1749 people immediately wanted to get a job in a branch of the popular fast food chain McDonald's.
The managers of the McDonald's branch in the suburb of Venice Mestre (Mestre), opening 30 vacancies, clearly did not expect that their proposal would cause such a full house. Recruiters of one of the branches of the popular fast food restaurant chain received almost two thousand resumes for 30 vacancies. Hundreds of young people applied for the positions of chef, tellers, and cleaners, only 100 of whom were invited for an interview on Monday.


It is worth noting that most Italians are extremely negative about the presence of McDonald's restaurants in Italy, believing that this offends the greatness of the country's national cuisine. Nevertheless, in the conditions of a protracted economic crisis in which the country of wine and sun fell, Italian youth do not have to be picky when looking for work, which forces young Italian citizens to send out their resumes for a few vacancies.

By the way, McDonald's in one year provided 90 people with jobs in only three other network branches in the suburbs of Mestre. Davide Castagnetti, head of the HR department at McDonald's Italy, shared this data with pleasure, also stating that 90 percent of fast-food restaurant employees are women, whose average age is around 27 years old.

Elena Cerutti, a 27-year-old single mother, was on the list of invitees for an interview at McDonald's in Mestre. “Before that, I worked at Autogrill as a bartender and a waitress,” she said. "But now job search has become a real business."

Francesco, 29, dropped out of school to work closely. The young man hopes that McDonald's managers will discern the potential in him and take them to work. According to the young man, she needs him in order to provide material assistance in the family, as well as to gain some independence from her parents.

Massimo Venturini, the head of the local council, said the opening of the fourth branch of the popular fast-food restaurant chain in Mestre is by no means a bad event, especially given the fact that this will provide new jobs.


McDonald's chain opened its first restaurant in Italy in Bolzano in 1985. In 1986, a branch was opened in Rome, which caused a lot of discontent and protests, initiated by the Italian designer Valentino, who made every effort to close the new institution.

A new wave of criticism about the opening of new McDonald's restaurants in Italy was observed in 2000 and ended with protests that swept through 20 cities of the country.

However, there are 500 McDonald's branches in Italy today. The company also entered into cooperation with the local pasta giant, the Barilla chain, which had a rather beneficial effect on the menu of fast food restaurants: it was replenished with several new positions that were “adjusted” to the gastronomic preferences of local residents.

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