In what could be characterized as a huge corporate Freudian slip, McDonald’s has warned its employees not to eat fast-food on its internal employee resource website known as “McResource Line.”
The McResource Line website, which is now down, had advised employees:
“Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternatives to home cooking. While convenience and inexpensive for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high in calories, fat saturated fat, sugar and salt.”
Next to an image of a burger, fries and soda, is the text, “Eating a diet in high fat puts people at risk for becoming overweight.”
In other words, McDonald’s has advised its employees not to eat the same food they serve to the public.
But where should workers eat, if not at McDonalds? “Eat at places that offer a variety of salads, soups, and vegetables.”
Visitors to McResource Line were greeted with this statement:
“We are temporarily performing some maintenance in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Please excuse us while these upgrades are being made.”
McDonald’s confirmed the site had been taken down in a statement posted on its website.
“A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate and we’ve directed the vendor to take down the website. Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary.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.”
Lisa McComb, a spokeswoman for McDonald’s, failed to see the irony and provided a statement to ABCNews.com that read in part:
“Portions of this website continue to be taken entirely out of context. This website provides useful information from respected third-parties about many topics, among them health and wellness. It also includes information from experts about healthy eating and making balanced choices. McDonald’s agrees with this advice.”
This is just the latest in a series of bizarre, surrealistic misapprehensions emanating from the unpredictable McResource staff.
Previously, the site offered McDonald’s employees advice on the following:
1) Finding second jobs to supplement McDonald’s slave wages
2) Apply for food stamps
3) Sell their possessions to survive
4) Stop complaining because complaining creates stress
5) The site also gave advice on how to tip au pairs, doormen, personal trainers and pool boys.
Additionally, McDonald’s partnered with Visa to release a “budget journal” to assist their employees in managing their finances.
The budget breakdown didn’t account for food and gasoline, and listed wildly unrealistic and laughable line item monthly expenditures, with one line item listing health insurance at a mere $20 per month.
Meanwhile, a study released in October by UC Berkeley Labor Center and University of Illinois found that 52% of families of fast food workers receive assistance from a public program like Medicaid, food stamps, the Earned Income Tax Credit or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.