Gone are the days of big corporations providing a nice gift or financial bonus to staff at Christmas time. It seems that the best thing that they can offer in one particular workplace is callous advice. The ever warm and loving McDonald’s corporation has some post-holiday budgetary advice for their low-paid employees:
In a stark reminder of how tough things still are for low-income families in America, McDonalds has advised workers to dig themselves “out of holiday debt” by cashing in their Christmas haul.
“You may want to consider returning some of your unopened purchases that may not seem as appealing as they did,” said a website set up for employees. (source)
Despite the rock-bottom wages paid by McDonald’s, they clearly care and are in the running for Employer of the Year. You may recall this sage advice that they recently offered when they rolled out their first round of helpful hints, including selling their belongings on Craigslist and Ebay.
For restaurant employees struggling to put food on their dinner table, McDonald’s makes another suggestion regarding the meals their families consume:
“Breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full” (source)
The corporation is well aware that they are not paying a living wage. They recently began assisting their full time employees by helping them to go on the government dole:
An increasing number of employers are encouraging their low wage employees to supplement their wages by going on government welfare programs. For example, McDonald’s workers that need help making ends meet are being instructed to go on food stamps…
McDonald’s workers who are unable to pay their bills or stay above the poverty line should find help from food pantries or enlist in government benefit programs instead of seeking higher wages, according to a company resource line meant to help employees.
Nancy Salgado has worked for the fast-food corporation for over 10 years yet still earns $8.25 an hour, barely more than the $7.25 federal minimum wage. With help from the worker’s rights group Low Pay Is Not Ok, she phoned the company’s employee hotline, known as McResource, attempting to find some answers on how to improve her situation.
A recording of the call was made available to CNN, which reported that Salgado asked the helpline operator multiple questions regarding how McDonalds would help her pay her heating bill, buy groceries, and whether she could afford to help pay for her sister’s medical treatment.
Despite never asking how much money Salgado earned per hour or asking how many hours a week she worked, the McDonalds representative said she “definitely should be able to qualify for both food stamps and heating assistance.” (source)
There has to be a special room in hell reserved for the decision-makers in a company that wishes their staff a Merry Christmas and then recommends that they take back the gifts that they received.
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