McDonald's Tells Employees To Consider Returning Holiday Gifts To Get Out Of Debt

A help site for McDonald’s employees reportedly suggests they return holiday gifts to get out of debt.

“You may want to also consider returning some of your unopened purchases that may not seem as appealing as they did,” the McResource site reads, according to screengrabs that were posted on the website of “Low Pay Is Not OK,” a group that advocates for higher fast food wages.

“Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash,” the McResource presentation reportedly said.

Low Pay Is Not OK also criticises McDonald’s for saying “breaking food into smaller pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full” and suggesting that employees, most of whom are on hourly wage schedules, try to take at least two vacations per year.

Another tip from McResource supposedly tells employees to “Stop complaining. Stress hormones rise by 15% after 10 minutes of complaining.”

When contacted by Business Insider, McDonald’s defended the website.

“This is an attempt by an outside organisation to undermine a well-intended employee assistance resource website by taking isolated portions out of context,” a spokeswoman writes in an email. “The McResource website has helped countless employees by providing them with a variety of information and resources on topics ranging from health and wellness to stress and financial management.”

McDonald’s was also criticised earlier this year for a sample budget it provided to employees, and urging employees to apply for food stamps.

That budget suggested employees pick up a second job and turn off the heat in their homes to make ends meet.

Here’s the video with screenshots from McResource, produced by Low Pay is Not OK:

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