by Adam Peck
Tis the season for holiday spirit: Yule logs, egg nog, festive lights and exchanging gifts with loved ones. If you work for McDonald’s, though, be sure to save those receipts.
McDonald’s McResource Line, a dedicated website run by the world’s largest fast-food chain to provide its 1.8 million employees with financial and health-related tips, offers a full page of advice for “Digging Out From Holiday Debt.” Among their helpful holiday tips: “Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash.”
Elsewhere on the site, McDonald’s encourages its employees to break apart food when they eat meals, as “breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full.” And if they are struggling to stock their shelves with food in the first place, the company offers assistance for workers applying for food stamps.
Read the rest of the Think Progress article here.
Of course, McDonalds claims that an outside organization has taken certain comments out of context, but the only context possible is cheapness. McDonalds pays so poorly it helps its workers go on food stamps.
Hey, GOP! if you want cut social programs, I suggest you address the problem that fuels the need for them. It is not that poor people are lazy and don’t want to work. It is not about Obamacare. It is about the fact that many employers, especially in the restaurant and retail industries pay so poorly that they workers depend on government to survive.
The page on Digging Out of Holiday Debt has been replaced by an error page. Undoubtedly, McDonalds is rethinking its phraseology. Too bad it’s not rethinking its pay scales.
Face it conservatives (and liberals who think more jobs is the answer), working for a living is a system that enslaves people. (I will explain that more fully in a later post). The people who benefit most are the employers who profit while workers are impoverished.
Shame on conservatives who blame the poor for their own poverty; shame on the liberals who cannot or will not see the inherent problems with the system that more jobs will exacerbate rather than cure. (Hint.The jobs that most people are capable of doing pay the least.)
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