Corporate America just can’t hold back its largesse this holiday season. The other day, we learned about a Wal-Mart in Cleveland that is trying to help its underpaid employees by soliciting donations from its underpaid employees. (Call it “benthic redistribution,” if you will. Or don’t, because it’s not a very good name.) Not to be outdone, McDonald’s is offering its underpaid employees tips on how to make the money last during the holidays (h/t Adam Lee):
McDonald’s McResource Line, a dedicated website run by the world’s largest fast-food chain to provide its 1.8 million employees with financial and health-related tips, offers a full page of advice for “Digging Out From Holiday Debt.” Among their helpful holiday tips: “Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash.”
Elsewhere on the site, McDonald’s encourages its employees to break apart food when they eat meals, as “breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full.” And if they are struggling to stock their shelves with food in the first place, the company offers assistance for workers applying for food stamps. [Emphasis added.]
ThinkProgress focused on the advice to sell stuff online (which makes me wonder if the person who wrote this has tried to sell anything online since the dot-com crash.) I’m more perturbed by the suggestion to “break apart food,” especially since it comes from the people who coined the term “super-size.” I’m not sure even Marie Antoinette would have been that cold.