RIP McDonald's "McResource Line" website: After a remarkable stretch during which it offered terrible and tone-deaf advice—along with one actually useful and healthy suggestion—McDonald's finally shut down its internal, employees only website this week.
McDonald's confirmed the news in a statement posted to its website. "A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate and we've directed the vendor to take down the website. Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary. None of this helps our McDonald's team members."
But what was this "irrelevant, outdated, and out-of-context" information? Let's go back and look.
- In July, the website released a sample budget for employees that admitted McDonald's workers require a second job to make anywhere near a livable wage.
- In November, McDonald's advised its employees through the website to save money by selling their possessions on eBay and by eating less ("Breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full.")
- In December, the website told employees not to forget about tipping their nannies, house keepers, pool cleaners, masseuses, and personal trainers.
But the most embarrassing gaffe for the McDonald's occurred earlier this week, when the fast food company advised its employees not to eat fast food because it's unhealthy:
"It is hard to eat a healthy diet when you eat at fast-food restaurants often," the site goes on to say. "Many foods are cooked with a lot of fat, even if they are not trans fats. Many fast-food restaurants do not offer any lower-fat foods. Large portions also make it easy to overeat. And most fast food restaurants do not offer many fresh fruits and vegetables."
Of course, if McDonald's employees still want useful advice from their employer, they can always call the socialists at the company's 1-866 McResource Line.
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