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McDonald’s shuts down heavily-criticized employee resources site

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 22:22 EDT
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A worker cleans a sidewalk outside of a McDonald's restaurant on July 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (AFP)
 
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Fast food giant McDonald’s confirmed on Wednesday that it had closed down a site offering employees questionable advice, but not before one last seemingly awkward “tip” was brought to light.

CNN reported on Wednesday that the company shut down the “McResource Line,” even though the site claimed it was working on “upgrades.”

“A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate and we’ve directed the vendor to take down the website,” the company said in a separate statement. “Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary.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.”

The website’s latest mishap involved a recommendation for employees that they avoid foods like cheeseburgers or french fries — both among McDonald’s staple offerings — in favor of healthier fare.

“Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternatives to home cooking,” the site advised. “While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight.”

The site also displayed a picture of meal consisting of a salad, water and a submarine sandwich, labeled as a “healthy choice,” as an alternative to the “unhealthy choice” — the burger, fries and a soda.

McDonald’s had previously been criticized for advising employees to break up their food into smaller pieces, and to go on public assistance programs to make ends meet, as well as offering tips on how to tip “pool cleaners” or their “regular caddy.”

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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