McDonald’s Pulls McResource Website After Noticing It Suggests Employees Not Eat Fast Food

That "unhealthy choice" on the left looks awfully familiar.

That “unhealthy choice” on the left looks awfully familiar.

From telling minimum wage-earners they should relieve stress by taking at least two vacations a year to giving advice on how to file for welfare benefits, the McDonald’s McResource website and hotline for employees has been under fire in recent months for being out of touch with the workers it is supposed to help. Now comes the news that the site has been pulled down temporarily, but only after McD’s realized that it recommends people not eat fast food.

Listing fast food under the heading of “Unhealthy choice,” the McResource site said that while picking up a meal at the drive-thru is “convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight.”

It was this revelation that a McDonald’s website would effectively be telling people to not eat McDonald’s all the time that finally drove the fast food giant to shut the site down, reports CNN.

“A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate and we’ve directed the vendor to take down the website,” reads a statement from McDonald’s. “Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary.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.”

A recent study showed that a majority of fast food workers in the U.S. receive some sort of public benefits, leading some to argue that these companies are using welfare and other programs to effectively subsidize the wages they pay to their employees, to the tune of nearly $4 billion a year that comes from taxpayers.

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  1. Snarkapus says:

    Oh, but think of the poor pool cleaners! Oh wait….

    Somehow, I like the fact that they were hung on their own petard after all of the earlier ignored PR debacles…..

  2. Xenotaku says:

    “outside groups taking elements out of context”

    What exactly, then, IS the “context” of assuming your employees have au pair and such?

    • LauraNorthrup says:

      I haven’t registered for and looked at the site, but the impression I have is that McDonald’s just buys access to this site for their workers, and the content is developed for a variety of companies that license the content or buy access for their employees. So the same articles could be licensed to the employee portal for, say, an investment bank or a hospital or somewhere else that there are a lot of people with high salaries floating around.

      Of course, none of this explains that ridiculous budget, which makes no sense for anyone.