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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)

coconut_theory 15th-Jul-2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
Clearly you need a third job.
crossfire 15th-Jul-2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
Right? Or not have a car and stop eating, because who needs luxuries like that.

(I think in the interests of full disclosure I should say that my current budget is nowhere near this tight, but for a decade these sorts of spreadsheets represented my life quite accurately while I was unemployed or underemployed. I'm doing okay now, but I still remember what it was like to have to make those decisions every. fucking. month.)
saygoodnight__ 15th-Jul-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
When I first moved out of the house, I was living just outside of DC. I remember looking around on the ground for change because the thirty-five cents in my pocket plus finding a few extra dimes really was the difference between eating dinner and having to do without. Living like that is fucking terrifying.
peace_piper 16th-Jul-2013 07:46 am (UTC)
Dude, I once stopped my car from 45mph to 0mph, burnt some rubber on the ground because I saw a damn quarter on the ground and I had to stop and pick that up.
lickety_split 15th-Jul-2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
otana 16th-Jul-2013 12:03 am (UTC)
My character is as tall as a fucking skyscraper at this point.

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