McDonald’s website suggests workers sell their Christmas presents to make ends meet, and to ‘stop complaining’


One has to hand it to McDonald’s.  After their disastrous publicity fiasco last month in suggesting workers go on food stamps to which the restaurant chain saw a massive outcry against the policy, they have doubled down on their villainy against workers.  In a paltry attempt to please the masses McDonald’s website the “McResource line” suggests that if workers are stressed they should go on vacation.  Indeed, that $7.50 an hour wage trip to Cancun is nothing but a distant glimmer.  While that suggestion may be insulting, McDonald’s goes farther than any reasonable person would have imagined.  For example, who would have guessed McDonald’s executives would have actually approved a message telling their employees to sell their Christmas presents on eBay?  Directly from the website:

You may also want to consider returning some of your unopened purchases that may not seem as appealing as they did.  Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash.

Now you must be thinking, ok that’s pretty bad.  But wait, just wait.  There’s more.  McDonald’s also advises its workers to stop complaining.  Literally:

Quit complaining.  Stress hormone levels rise by 15% after 10 minutes of complaining.

What the website did not attempt to inform visitors about, however, is how high stress levels rise after not having enough money to pay one’s bills, and the worry of wondering how one would survive living on the streets broke and penniless.  So workers should just mellow out, go on a vacation they can’t afford, and return presents they couldn’t afford to purchase in the first place.  Fucking brilliant.  Thanks McDonald’s.

Lou Colagiovanni is the editor of ruthless-politics.com, National Crime Reporter for Examiner.com, and editor of the political discussion community,”We survived Bush.  You will survive Obama.”  You may contact Lou at lcolagiovanni@consultant.com.