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McDonalds Tells Workers To Budget By Getting A Second Job And Turning Off Their Heat

1:03 pm - 07/15/2013

McDonalds has partnered with Visa to launch a website to help its low-wage workers making an average $8.25 an hour to budget. But while the site is clearly meant to illustrate that McDonalds workers should be able to live on their meager wages, it actually underscores exactly how hard it is for a low-paid fast food worker to get by.

The site includes a sample”‘budget journal” for McDonalds’ employees that offers a laughably inaccurate view of what it’s like to budget on a minimum wage job. Not only does the budget leave a spot open for “second job,” it also gives wholly unreasonable estimates for employees’ costs: $20 a month for health care, $0 for heating, and $600 a month for rent. It does not include any budgeted money for food or clothing.

Basically every facet of this budget is unachievable. For an uninsured person to independently buy health care, he or she must shell out on average $215 a month — just for an individual plan. If that person wants to eat, “moderate” spending will run them $32 a week for themselves, and $867 a month to feed a family of four. And if a fast food worker is living in a city? Well, New York City rents just reached an average of $3,000 a month.

The sample budget is also available in Spanish. On another section of the site, it concludes, “You can have almost anything you want as long as you plan ahead and save for it.”

Neither McDonalds nor Visa returned requests for comment by the time of publication.
Last year, Bloomberg News found that it would take the average McDonalds employee one million hours of work to earn as much money as the company’s CEO. This immense wage disparity in the fast food industry has sparked a series of protests and walk-outs by low-wage workers working at fast food chains around the country — in New York, Chicago, Washington, and Seattle, to name a few cities, workers from chains including KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, and Taco Bell have spoken publicly about the need for serious wage increases across the industry.

(H/T Low Pay Is Not Okay)

gambitia 15th-Jul-2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
Businesses seem to cite liability laws when they defend food waste, but my understanding (from an NPR piece aired several years ago) is that businesses that donate food that hasn't been served are protected under Good Samaritan. Especially in big cities, there's a lot of groups that go to restaurants and chains and recover the edible un-served food.

I was actually surprised when I volunteered at a local food pantry that also did food recovery--they had to turn food away from restaurants or restaurant providers because they got far more food than they could process. One of their providers made tortillas for Taco Bell and the like, and sent in 20-60 pounds of tortillas per day. These were tortillas deemed unsuitable for restaurants, meaning they were misshapen or uneven or had torn, but were still completely edible. The pantry had to start limiting that company because they just couldn't repackage and sort that much food a day.
ohmiya_sg 15th-Jul-2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
That's my understanding, too.
saygoodnight__ 15th-Jul-2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
That makes sense. I always thought it was because big corporations didn't want employees "stealing" food.
deviantfantasy 15th-Jul-2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
Kind of OT, but I volunteered at a food bank a few years back, and I couldn't believe all the expired food people donated. Some of the canned stuff was two years pass their expiration date. I'm not sure if they just didn't check, or were doing it on purpose.
roseofjuly 16th-Jul-2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
A lot of people donate canned goods just to get rid of whatever cans are in their pantry. I don't think they always realize that they are expired, but they do know that they are OLD.
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ortolansings 18th-Oct-2015 08:41 am (UTC)
I worked for a well-known grocery chain for 10-years. It has nothing to do with personal feelings towards people, employees, etc. We were often lucky enough to donate to homeless shelters and pantries, but the long and the short of it are legalities. A store can no more give away a shipment full of tortillas without proper sign-off and inventory (checking of dates, checking of product---yes---every single salad, tortilla, can, or milk bottle etc, if they are properly done will have been checked over before donated to a shelter.)
Best Regards.
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