McDonald's "Help" Line Suggests Broke Workers Get Food Stamps

Abby Zimet

Benevolent patriarchs McDonald's like to tout their McResources hotline - "Getting Help Is Easy!" "Free help when you need it!" - for employees ineplicably having trouble making ends meet on their lavish $8.25 an hour wages. So when they got a distressed call from Nancy, a Chicago woman with two kids who's worked there ten years without a raise, they naturally offered her a living wage and health benefits. Ha ha, not. Actually, the nice lady told Nancy she should check out food pantries, food stamps and Medicaid - the kinds of benefits that over half of fast food workers have to get to survive. Because it's job-creating McDonald's, not whining mooching Nancy, that really needs help here. From Low Pay Is Not OK.

those Orange County Republicans are obviously right. We must not burden the job creators with a livable wage for their taker employees, because that is Theft from the makers. Instead, the government should step in and help those who need it most: the McDonald’s corporation, and Walmart, who are obviously just squeaking by.

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