McDonalds No Longer Telling Its Workers To Avoid McDonalds Food

Tyler Durden's picture

McDonalds' internal employee resource website McResource Line has been no stranger to surreal, farcical scandals in the past several weeks. First, it was revealed that the site was offering MCD workers tips, telling employees to find second jobs, apply for food stamps and sell their things to weather a financial crisis. The site had also given advice on how to tip au pairs, doormen, personal trainers and pool boys. The irony meter went off the charts following a study released in October by UC Berkeley Labor Center and University of Illinois that said 52% of families of fast food workers receive assistance from a public program like Medicaid, food stamps, the Earned Income Tax Credit or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Still, none of this even remotely compares to the latest debacle at the world's largest fast food maker, when on one of the resource website pages, McDonalds basically strongly urged its employees to eat... elsewhere.

The advice is given with graphics depicting the ‘unhealthy choice’ and the ‘healthier choice.’ McDonald’s own food is in the former column.

From the Mail:

The fast food giant has advised employees to avoid meals with burgers and fries and to eat healthier options like salad and sandwiches. The advice was dispensed on the now-infamous McResource Line, the employees-only website that has told workers to sell their things and get second jobs to make ends meet.


Despite featuring a vast array of deep fried delicacies, the Golden Arches reminds employees that ‘avoiding items that are deep fried are your best bet.’

The sensible advice also tells McWorkers to ‘limit the extras such as cheese, bacon and mayonnaise.’ Tasty add-ons that are staples of many menu items they serve on a daily basis.


A hamburger, fries and soda are warned against, because ‘eating a diet high in fat puts people at rick for becoming overweight.’ Many locations offer steep food discounts and short breaks to employees, virtually forcing them to eat the unhealthy food, often forcing the hand of workers without the time or means to eat elsewhere.



‘It is hard to eat a healthy diet when you eat at fast-food restaurants often,’ the advice continues. ‘Many foods are cooked with a lot of fat, even if they are not trans fats. Many fast-food restaurants do not offer any lower-fat foods.’

But where should workers eat, if not at McDonalds? "Eat at places that offer a variety of salads, soups, and vegetables." Of course if the food at those places costs a tad over $0.99, and happens to be unattainable to the average McDonalds workers, well then, tough.

Anyway, fast forward to today when in the aftermath of these humiliating revelations we find that the McResource site has been taken down and that MCD workers are no longer strongly advised to eat elsewhere.

From CNN:

Visitors to McResource Line on Wednesday were greeted with this statement: "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."


McDonald's confirmed the site had been taken down in a statement posted on its website. "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. None of this helps our McDonald's team members."

Bottom line, dear McDonalds team members: you are once again allowed and even encouraged to wolf down on all the junk food you can afford (if at your place of work, so much the better). After all, obesity will take at least a few years to develop, and by then, courtesy of Obamacare, it will be some other poor taxpayer sap on the hook footing the bill for all those cardiac bypass surgeries...

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wee-weed up's picture



"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."


"We are temporarily performing some CYA in order to provide you with the best corporate bullshit our high-priced lawyers can pull out of their asses. Please excuse us while we wipe OUR collective corporate ass and try to cover up the stink."

LetThemEatRand's picture

Speaking of corporate propaganda, a few little known facts about the McDonalds hot coffee case.

1) the victim was passenger, not the driver

2) McDonalds received literally hundreds of prior burn complaints before her injury but refused to lower their coffee temperature

3) the victim was a grandmother who suffered 3rd degree burns on her genitals.  She required skin grafts on her genitals

4) The Cleveland Clinic wrote an open letter before her injury happened asking that the company reduce its coffee temperature because of the number of burn cases they were seeing from fast food coffee

5) the company brewed the coffee at scalding temperatures to eek out more coffee per bean (at the scale of McDonalds, this was big bucks).  The temperature was profit driven, in the face of hundreds of prior burn complains

6) the victim offered to settle before trial for her medical bills, McDonalds refused

7) the judge reduced the jury's $1M plus verdict (most of which was punitive damages based on one single day of coffee sales) to a few hundred grand which should remind us all of JPM fines for market rigging

8) McDonalds now brews its coffee at a lower temperature so the case made a difference and the company stock is doing just fine.

This is the example given to us for why big corporations should not have to answer for lawsuits by individuals.  Everyone you have ever met knows about this case and says it is an example of why individuals should give up their rights to bring lawsuits.  They lie to us all day. Every day.  And we eat it up like a Big Fucking Mac and ask for more.

chumbawamba's picture

You have GOT to be making all that shit up.

I am Chumbawamba.

LetThemEatRand's picture

That's what the jury probably thought before awarding big bucks that a judge reduced.  Funny how it is news to literally everyone.   There are dozens of other sources.              

And the "danger hot" warning is solely CYA on McDonalds' part to avoid future lawsuits.  She didn't ask for that.  She knew coffee was hot.  She just didn't think it would cause third degree burns to her genitals.

"The elderly woman who became a punchline had 16% of her body covered in burns and McDonalds had ignored 700 earlier complaints about excessively hot drinks"

Read more: 

Harbanger's picture

I'm glad lawyers like yourself are here to save us.  (one of my new years resolutions was to stop calling you Lola, lets see if I have the will.)

StychoKiller's picture

LTER is not a lawyer, he runs a flower shop (at least, that's what I remember!)

LetThemEatRand's picture

And now begins the character attack while no one bothers to check my facts.  Because my facts conflict with your worldview, they are irrelevant.  Nice ideology you guys have that exists in a fact-free propaganda driven zone, while you bitch about sheep.

Harbanger's picture

There's nothing wrong with selling flowers.

LetThemEatRand's picture

A good friend of mine and former neighbor sells flowers.  She has had the business for 40 years.  Employs several people.  So I guess we found a common ground, except I'm thinking you were making a snotty comment.  Putting that aside and against my better judgment in engaging in back and forth with you, which facts in my post about the McDonalds' coffee case are wrong?

Harbanger's picture

My new years resolution is for us to find common ground, LTER.

LetThemEatRand's picture

So you won't answer my question?  It's pretty simple, but I'll rephrase it to make it even more simple. Which facts prove your idea that the McDonalds verdict is a poster child for why individuals should give up or curtail their rights to sue huge corporations?  Or do you agree that the verdict was fair and if not, why not?

Harbanger's picture

Lets get along for the new year, LTER.  You're wrong.  Liability attorneys don't preserve our "rights", they abuse the system for their own benefit.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I don't get along with people who refuse to engage in honest debate.   You have refused to answer simple questions while making broad generalizations about how lawyers who represent individuals against large corporations are the bad guy.  I knew better than to respond to you. 

Harbanger's picture

So counselor, Do we need tort reform to reduce the BS litigation in our society or not?

Harbanger's picture

Some brave soul keeps giving me a thumbs up, Please STOP, I'm a big boy and know exactly what I'm doing... I'm no saint.

chumbawamba's picture


LetThemEatRand's picture

Point and match.  Nicely played.  I shall stop feeding said troll.

Harbanger's picture

Fuck you, LTER.  You will respond every time I decide you will, guaranteed.  Why?  because I call out your bullshit and you lose in a logical argument with me.  It's fun.  Notice I still haven't called you Lola.

Jumbotron's picture

No, fuck you Harbanger.  You are one of the CLASSIC idiots who still believes in the RIGHT vs LEFT paradigm.  Do some lawyers abuse the system.  OF COURSE they do.....but EVERY sector of human life sees SOMEONE abusing the system.

But after having an insurance company nearly kill me back 15 years ago for refusing to pay for a $2,000 a month drug that became needed to save my life during my cancer treatment, even though it was already an ESTABLISHED protocol for just such a turn of events with the type of cancer I had, then I had a bit of a chage of heart and a more NUANCED look at all things legal.

You're just one of those fucktards who might listen or be attracted to the useless rantings of a Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or Mark Levin.   Liberals EVIL......TORT REFORM, TORT REFORM......PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

And then evidence comes out that the Captains of Industry are harming us....even killing us, not to mention ROBBING us blind in the pursuit of profit and your brain kinda seizes up.  It just doesn't fit your worldview.  

"BUT.....BUT.......Mr. Limbaugh told me that lawyers are EVIL....ReTHUGlicans told me lawyers are bad and we need TORT RERFORM.

But NOOOOOOooooooo......never occured to your ameoba like brain that perhaps McDonalds and the Insurance racket have the ReTHUGlicans in their back pocket and pay good money for when shit like this happens.

But you know.....your avatar is PERFECT.  A little child shhhssshing people because you don't won't to know the truth.......namely......the truth is not black and white like that photo.

Harbanger's picture

Are you calling me a troll chupa?  let's dance. 

Edit-  I'm calling you out, chupa.  Yes, that's right, what say you?

Harbanger's picture

Peeps don't like conflict. That's a given even within "fight club" which makes it even more poignant.  It's part of our collective neutering.  That's why they win and we lose.  Don't piss em off, concede and give em what they want, maybe they'll leave us alone.  Sorry ass Bitches.

Edit- guilt ridden, multicultural, politically correct, self destructive and indebted sorry ass bitches.

Zero Point's picture

As a long time lurker, I think you might find that easier than you might think.

Rock On Roger's picture

Bullshit, she blamed someone else for her own actions. Coffee is hot. Don't hold it with your genitalia.

Anyone who doesn't account for their own actions is a whanger. Fuck lawyers. Thieves. Trained liars.


Stack On

Jumbotron's picture

Bullshit.....I can't tell you how many times the lids on those drinks....both cold and hot are not properly put on and they come off even as the window drone is handing it to me.

Besides.....fucking, STUPID asshole......did you EVER for one tiny FUCKING second stop to think how hot the drink had to have been to have given granny THIRD degree burns that required skin grafts THROUGH CLOTHING !!!! ????

But you're right.......STACK ON.....that bullshit asshole.

LOL !!!  what a fucking moron you are.    ROTFLMFAO  !!!!!!!

Zero Point's picture

Just for the record, I really like Ayn Rands books, but seem to agree with you a lot anyway. :)

drdolittle's picture

If she wasn't driving why did she put the coffee between her legs. it's her car manufacturers fault for not putting in enough cupholders. Or, the mint's fault for making so much change to fill our cupholders with. If we didn't have those pennies to put somewhere.

Did you know they changed the setting of the trial to some place in mississippi? This place has tens of thousands of lawsuits tried there. It's citizens are particularly plaintiff friendly. Seems hardly fair.

El Vaquero's picture

LOL, I've argued in the court that the McDonalds coffee case went through. 

LetThemEatRand's picture

Did they hand you a couple mill?  But serious question recalling our exchange a while back -- how is your case going?  Still active?   Did you stick it to the man?

El Vaquero's picture

My case is moving along like it is stuck in frozen molasses.  If they aren't successful on their current motion, there will either be a settlement very soon after the ruling, or this could extend for another year or four.  If they are successful, it'll end up costing them a lot of money that they probably aren't expecting.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I hope you fuck them over.  

Harbanger's picture

I wish idiots outside of the US would stop buying exported crap like this.  But it seems global idiocracy wins the day.

Kreditanstalt's picture

All you need do is NOT EAT THERE...yourself.

Harbanger's picture

It's global, everyone is eating the same crap now.  Together with our Hollywood, MSM propaganda, fake currency and war machine, the US rules the World, bitches.

Wish Doctor's picture

Speaking of corporate propaganda, a few little known facts about the McDonalds hot coffee case.

Good Luck with pearls to swine.

Blano's picture

The lady put a hot cup of coffee between her legs.  Stupidity should have had the case thrown out by itself.

Not attacking you, just sayin'.

Croesus's picture

@ LetThemEatRand: 

My friend: 

I hope the holidays went well for you and your family! In regards to your comment, corporations take the risks they take (purposely cooking coffee beans hotter than necessary), because the risk of a lawsuit (a) +  the average potential net revenue (b) = < the cost of the average out-of-pocket settlement (c). 

Like everything "shitty in this life", it happens because it's profitable. There is NO profit to be made in GOOD. 

"Evil" is profitable. Simple as that. 

Child sex-trafficking. 

Drug trafficking. 


The Federal Reserve. 

ECB, BoJ, BoC, BoE, yada, yada, yada. 

We hear these stories, once in a while, about someone doing something NICE for a complete stranger; Maybe it's 'leaving a good tip'. Maybe it's 'the cabbie who returned a bag full of cash, even though he needed the money'. Maybe it's as simple as handing a fresh-picked flower to the homely girl next door. 

What the warmongering psycopaths that run this world DO NOT understand: 

Doing good, feels good. 

It feels good to help someone out. It's a great feeling to teach someone something new, and see their eyes "light-up" when they 'get it'. 

Power is Power. 

It knows no allegiances. It doesn't profess loyalty, or boundaries. It won't tell you that it loves you. 

Good Will Ultimately Triumph


gmrpeabody's picture

That's the first bit of sane advice given totheir employees...

cynicalskeptic's picture

Nonetheless there IS an element of self-interest at work.    

Too much pink slime and such ultimately degrades the quality of Soylent Green, requiring costly supplemental additives to meet minimum nutritional needs.

StychoKiller's picture

I'm wondering just how much time yer typical minimum-wage burger flipper has to surf the McDuck's website (what with having to work two other jobs and all...)

chumbawamba's picture

They're forced to scour the corporate McD's webpages for special codes that unlock their paychecks.  It was the only way they could get their employees to read mandatory memos and notices.

I am Chumbawamba.

SafelyGraze's picture

OT -

something to give us hope as we enter a new year of uncertainty and travail

dutch time-lapse photographer captures amazing multi-year documentary of christmases since 2004

and one where you can practically *see* sunset approaching as you scan to the right


chumbawamba's picture

You're kind of a fag.

I am Chumbawamba.

Skateboarder's picture

I hope you meant that in an endearing sense?

This one time me and my homie were walking down a street off Haight in SF and a homo couple (hunks with matching cutesy outfits) walks by holding hands. My homie says to me "awww, faggots!" in the most endearing sense. I lolololo.

666's picture

Only in America...

IridiumRebel's picture

You like your shit, you can eat your shit.

Colonel Klink's picture

Again, boycott those corporations who are poisoning you.

Disingenuous fucks!

chumbawamba's picture

For McDonald's so loved its employees that it sacrificed its one and only Dollar Menu, so that whoever followed the nutritional guidelines shall not get obese but would live a healthy lifestyle.

I am Chumbawamba.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

When McResource Line returns, it will feature a series on how to apply modern macroeconomic theory to everyday life, featuring tidbits of commentary and practical advice from none other than Dr. Paul Krugman. The first segment will focus on the theme Why Breaking Windows At Burger King Is Good For The Economy, with an in-depth feature on strategies for effective windowbreaking without getting caught.