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McDonald’s Gives Less-Than-Helpful Tips to Save Its Employees Money

In an effort to dodge criticism of how its workers are being treated, McDonald's offered suggestions via its McResource Line website. The suggestions include taking frequent vacations and for employees to "quit complaining."

In an effort to dodge criticism of how its workers are being treated, McDonald’s offered suggestions via its McResource Line website on how to save money. The suggestions include taking frequent vacations and for employees to “quit complaining.”

By Vic Diaz (@TheVicDiaz)

Amidst the allegations that several fast-food chains were not providing their employees with a decent living wage, McDonald’s offered its own suggestions to the workers of the fast-food giant with regard to saving money and making their wages last.

According to activist website Low Pay is Not OK, the company, through its McResource Line website, gives tips to its workers such as taking frequent vacations throughout the year. “Pack your bags: At least two vacations a year can cut heart attack risk by 50 percent,” the website states.

With regard to the suggestion of taking vacations, McDonald’s employee Jeanette Lynn of Durham, N.C. told the Huffington Post, “We make $7.25 an hour, why in the world would we take vacation if we already aren’t getting paid enough?”

McDonald’s also suggested that workers sell their belongings on Ebay or Craigslist as it “could bring in some quick cash,” and even proposed the idea of splitting food into smaller pieces, stating that it “often results in eating less and still feeling full.” And as if to simplify the availability of resources to its workers, the resource site additionally suggests that employees “quit complaining.”

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Lisa McComb, director of U.S. media relations for McDonald’s, said that the site is merely a resource for employees, and that the suggestions may have been “taken out of context.”

Low Pay is Not OK has produced a video with screenshots of the McResource website, which can be viewed below:

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