How can a franchised McD's have more workers on the clock than at Target? I went to McD's in my small town yesterday at 2:30pm. It was dead inside; the drive thru had a few cars in it. Yet, they had 11 people working. This was 4 more than at our Target at the same time. How is this possible? I am certainly no economics expert, so I just don't understand. I worked in fast food, Taco Bell, for 7 years, so I know how small the profit margins are. Can anyone explain this to me?