“Sell Your Xmas Gifts” And Other Pearls Of Wisdom From McDonald’s Employee Site


A few weeks back, the McDonald’s McResource employee hotline made headlines when a company rep “helped” a 10-year McDonald’s employee improve her lot in life by directing her to numerous welfare programs to supplement her income. What other gems of advice do the McResource people have for employees?

The video above, put together by the folks at Low Pay Is Not OK, a campaign seeking the ability to unionize fast food workers and increase their pay, highlights several pieces of sage advice from the McResource website, like:

Pack your bags: At least two vacations a year can cut heart attack risk by 50%.

Sing away stress: Singing along to your favorite songs can lower your blood pressure.

Break it up: Breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full.

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

And this one, in which McDonald’s suggests that employees get out from holiday debt by selling things they haven’t opened yet:

“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.”

A rep for McDonald’s says this is all much ado about nothing.

“This is an attempt by an outside organization to undermine a well-intended employee assistance resource website by taking isolated portions out of context,” a spokeswoman tells BusinessInsider. “The McResource website has helped countless employees by providing them with a variety of information and resources on topics ranging from health and wellness to stress and financial management.”

A recent study found that more than 50% of fast-food workers in the United States are receiving some sort of public benefits to supplement their wages. Some argue that this indicates that McDonald’s and others are using taxpayer money to subsidize the low wages they pay employees, while others contend that McDonald’s is giving these same people a place to work and a foot in the door toward a life without the need of public assistance.

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  1. Cara says:

    I don’t actually see that McDonald’s is saying to return Christmas gifts. The quoted line is “You may also want to consider returning some of your unopened purchases…” To me, this suggests that you buy an item, get it home, and then reconsider whether or not you really needed that purchase. If the answer is no, return it and get your money back.

    This also seems like very legit, sage advice. Many people feel good, or raise their spirits, by shopping. But once you’ve spent money, once that “high” has gone away, you’re left with the depressing feeling of sinking even further into debt over something that probably isn’t really worth it.

    The second line of that quote is also very solid advice: “Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash.” If you don’t want an item, it’s just causing clutter in your house. Free the clutter and gain money by selling off the item.

    I think that if McDonald’s was trying to say sell off your Christmas gifts, then the line would say “returning some of your unopened presents” rather than purchases, since if it’s a gift, you didn’t purchase it.

    • indianajoel says:

      The only “sage” McDonalds should serve is in their food…

      The point is that employees of fast food restaurants don’t make enough to survive and are routinely seeking government assistance in order to make ends meet. But that’s beside the fact. Their statement is insinuating that their employees are irresponsible. Shopping too much, eating too much and spending money on things they don’t need. Not that they aren’t being paid a “living wage” and are often unable to feed themselves and their families.

      It’s a little disconcerting to see someone actually stand up for a multi-billon dollar industry rather than its poor employees who cant make their ends meet.

      • Cara says:

        I’m not necessarily standing up for McDonalds. I just don’t agree with putting words in a company’s mouth, or twisting what they say/do completely out of context just so you can always make them look the bad guy.

        Is it their job to teach their employees how to handle money, or assume the employees don’t know how to handle money? No, of course not. But is McDonalds actually saying ‘you’re irresponsible, you don’t know how to handle money’? No, they’re not.

        • indianajoel says:

          I beg to differ. The words are strait out of a corporate representative. That’s not exactly out of context is it? Beside, the fact that McDonalds is telling people how to get out of debt is… well… telling people how to handle money…

      • furiousd says:

        What I see in a lot of these type of posts (Walmart, for instance) is the preposterous supposition that a business is morally bound to ensure that each employee makes enough from that job to live. Bunk. Employees deserve to be paid a fair market wage for the type of work they do for the company they choose to work for.

        • indianajoel says:

          Define “fair”? Thats the problem. If we leave it up to corporations to determine what is “fair,” the disparage between low level employees and management would be even greater. What ends up happening, as these posts have noted, is that because these employees can’t make ends meet, they end up asking for government assistance, which is payed for by taxpayers. So… Who wins in this situation? Well it’s not the employees and its definitely not the taxpayers. If people were simply paid a “living wage” there would be fewer people on government assistance… at least that what we hope…