McDonald’s Shuts Down Employee Website After Telling Workers Fast Food Is Unhealthy

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McDonald’s announced that it is taking down its gaffe-prone employee resource website after the latest string of criticism.

Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, [the site] created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary,” according to the company’s official statement on the issue. “None of this helps our McDonald’s team members.”

The McResource Line most recently told employees to avoid fast food and opt for healthier alternatives whenever possible. Information on the site has previously advised McDonald’s employees to return gifts for cash. Its sample budget didn’t account for expenses like food and transportation. And a recent guide gave advice on how to appropriately tip workers like housekeepers and au pairs.

Visitors to the site yesterday received this message: “We’ll Be Back Soon! 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.”

It didn’t take long, however, for McDonald’s to announce that the site was permanently offline.

McDonald’s says it is still dedicated to helping its employees in other ways. “We’ll continue to provide service to our folks through an internal telephone help line, which is how the majority of employees access the McResource services,” the statement said.