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McDonald's Takes Down Controversial Employee Website

May 2, 2012, file photo shows a sign advertising job openings outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chesterland, Ohio.
May 2, 2012, file photo shows a sign advertising job openings outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chesterland, Ohio.

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Fast food restaurant McDonalds has taken down an employee resource site that told employees hamburgers and French fries were not healthy dietary choices.

In a photo on the site, a picture of a hamburger, fries and what appears to be a soda, are labeled as an “unhealthy choice.” Next to the burger, an image of a sandwich, salad and glass of water are labeled as a healthier alternative.

It’s the latest controversy stemming from the website, which landed the company in hot water for appearing to be out of touch. For example, the site offered a budget planning guide for employees, but the budgeting tool did not account for food and gasoline, according to CNN. Also, the site had advice on how much to tip a pool cleaner, housekeeper and an au pair, according to NBC News.

This image from a McDonald's website for employees caused a controversy leading to the fast food chain to take down the site. ( image from a McDonald's website for employees caused a controversy leading to the fast food chain to take down the site. (
This image from a McDonald's website for employees caused a controversy leading to the fast food chain to take down the site. (
This image from a McDonald's website for employees caused a controversy leading to the fast food chain to take down the site. (
The latest controversy appeared to be the last straw, and the site is no longer available. Visitors are greeted with a message that reads, "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."

"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 Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary,” said Lisa McComb, a spokeswoman for McDonald's USA in a statement. “None of this helps our McDonald's team members."

She added that the company would still offer assistance to employees over the phone.

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by: Dr. Berry from: San Fran
December 27, 2013 10:12 AM
Chemical Salad:

Is choosing the salad at a fast food establishment really the healthier choice? If you follow the marketing campaigns of these corporations, you may believe so. The sad truth, however, is that virtually every item sold in a fast food restaurant is tainted in some way with harsh chemicals and additives. Take McDonald’s ‘healthy’ salads, for example. Not only does the ‘cilantro lime glaze’ and the ‘orange glaze’ used on many of these salads contain propylene glycol (the chemical discussed in #1 as the laxative and electronic cigarette filler), but a medley of others on this list as well.

Two chemicals, however, stand out with the salad. Disodium inosinate, and disodium guanylate both divulge the presence of MSG within the ‘healthy’ salad.

It may seem like old news to some, but the reality is that even ‘healthy’ fast food items are filled with toxic ingredients. Remember, it’s not about the food itself (salad, for example), but what it contains. Until we realize that lettuce may contain more than the eye can perceive, such as pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, preservatives, flavor enhancers, sweeteners, and more, it will be impossible to establish what ‘health’ really means.

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
December 27, 2013 2:06 AM
I heard the budget planning guid also includes the second income form implying that Mac's wages alone are not enough for its employees to earn their lives.

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