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How To Survive On Fast Food Wages? Sell Your Christmas Presents

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Time was when I could easily distinguish between news items posted on the Onion and those from more 'serious' sources- but this is becoming more difficult;

In a stark reminder of how tough things still are for low-income families in America, McDonalds has advised workers to dig themselves "out of holiday debt" by cashing in their Christmas haul.

"You may want to consider returning some of your unopened purchases that may not seem as appealing as they did," said a website set up for employees.

"Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash."

Those fast-food workers may well need to do just that. According to McDonalds' own recommended pay for staff, a full-time employee earns just $1,105 (£677) a month. Is this "reverse shopping" really one of the mechanisms low-income America uses to combat debt? Soberingly, it seems so.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/10538239/Reverse-shopping-lays-bare-the-ongoing-struggle-in-the-US.html

McD does not restrict it's advice to the Christmas period- it also does welfare advice;

McDonald's workers struggling to get by on poverty wages should apply for food stamps and Medicaid.

That's the advice one activist McDonald's worker received when she called the company's "McResource Line," a service provided to McDonald's workers who need help with issues like child and health care.

"You can ask about things like food pantries. Are you on SNAP? SNAP is Supplemental Nutritional Assistance [Program] -- food stamps ... You would most likely be eligible for SNAP benefits," a McResource representative told 27-year-old Nancy Salgado, who works at a Chicago McDonald's. "Did you try and get on Medicaid? Medicaid is a federal program. It's health coverage for low income or no income adults -- and children."

http://news.monster.com/a/business/mcdonalds-tells-worker-she-should-sign-up-for-food-stamps-a84167

Working at the Onion must be hell these days- how do you satirize a world where an employer is advising it's own staff to claim assistance to buy food?

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700 bucks is a lot of food.

I wonder what the other costs are...

Taking as a random flyover state example, Akron Ohio. Average rent for a one bed flat outside the centre, $400-600. Utilities $130, internet $45. That leaves them about $200/month for any taxes, food, transport, and life beyond mere survival.

It's not as though their wages are going on nothing but food!

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Bit of a muddled article. Starts off about MacDonalds urging staff to sell presents then ends up drooling over Yellen and a 70 year old economist.

Edited by aSecureTenant

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Taking as a random flyover state example, Akron Ohio. Average rent for a one bed flat outside the centre, $400-600. Utilities $130, internet $45. That leaves them about $200/month for any taxes, food, transport, and life beyond mere survival.

It's not as though their wages are going on nothing but food!

Indeed. Bit of a leading question... Obviously.

They can't afford $hit because they are being bloodsucked down on the people farm.

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"Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash."

Innovative - and it doesn't register directly on the GDP figures. It's win win.

For the UK it's ideas like these that will see the UK's economy overtake Germany's by 2030.

Edited by billybong

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