McDonald's may want to change its name to McBlunder.
The fast-food giant has slipped up yet again in an effort to provide
helpful advice to its workers. This time, the burger chain is advising
employees to avoid eating fast food because it "may put people at risk for becoming overweight," according to CNBC.
That seems like rich advice from a company that's responsible for spreading fast-food across the globe, and has sold more than 300 billion burgers in its history. The ironic advice follows two other tone-deaf internal messages McDonald's sent to its workers.
Earlier this month, McDonald's offered holiday tipping advice to
employees, many of whom earn rock-bottom wages. The ideas ranged from how much to gift an au pair,
to tips for garage attendants and massage therapists, amounting to
thousands of dollars in pay. The advice was laughably out of touch for
many of the company's workers, who make a median wage of $8.78 per hour.
Then there was the company's not-so-helpful budget advice,
which included the suggestion of tacking on a second job. McDonald's
also left off basics such as budgeting for child care and paying for
As for its meal advice, McDonald's suggests "healthier choices" such
as "sandwiches that can be loaded with vegetables." (Hmm, Subway,
anyone?) "Eat at places that offer a variety of salads, soups and
vegetables to help maintain your best health," the company's internal
McDonald's stood by the advice, telling CBS MoneyWatch in a statement
that "portions of this website continue to be taken entirely out of
"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," the statement
McDonald's offers "a variety of balanced menu choices and have
introduced oatmeal, grilled chicken, egg whites and real-fruit smoothies
in a range of serving sizes for adults and kids."
But then again,
maybe there's something to McDonald's defense of its own food. Just
take a look at Don Thompson, the company's CEO. He made headlines
earlier this year with his weight loss secrets: getting active again and
eating McDonald's every day.