McDonald’s Employee Website Yanked After Ridicule

A tip to employees to avoid eating fast food was just the latest in a string of embarrassing posts on the McDonald's internal resource site

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McDonald’s has taken down a website for its employees that faced ridicule for its seemingly tone-deaf advice.

The site’s latest gaffe: a post, reported by CNBC on Monday, that told employees to avoid fast food in favor of a “healthier choice.”

The health tip came on the heels of financial advice posted to the site, McResource Line, that was assailed as out of touch with the reality for most employees. A recent study found that more than half of families of fast-food workers receive assistance from a public program like food stamps, CNN reports.

A post earlier this month provided advice on how much one should tip pool cleaners and housekeepers. And in July, the site published a sample monthly budget as a guideline for employees that didn’t account for food and gas and included income from a second job — seen as a not-so-subtle acknowledgement that McDonald’s wages alone don’t provide a sufficient living wage.

In a statement on its own website, McDonald’s acknowledged that it has taken down the resource site.

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 “Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary.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