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directed the vendor to take down the website,” reads a statement from McDonald’s. “Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary.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