McDonald's, partnering with VISA, has released a not-at-all patronizing budget journal to help employees better navigate the waters of minimum-wage living.
The takeaway? Get another job.
Despite some absurdly deflated numbers — like $20 per month for health insurance — the budget journal acknowledges that it's virtually impossible to live off of the fast food chain's wages, which could be a problem for a company that has recently seen a string of highly publicized strikes in New York City. In addition, corporate giants like Walmart have recently come under scrutiny for allegedly failing to provide its employees with a living wage, which has become an urgent issue as American workers increasingly rely on part-time jobs to get by.
The McDonald's budget expects employees to earn $955 a month at a second job, to supplement the $1,105 earned at McDonald's. On average, McDonald's employees earn $8.25 an hour. Factoring in taxes, employees would need to work full-time to earn the $1,105 per month outlined in the budget, plus an additional 30 hours per week to earn $955.
In other words, without another source of income it would be pretty much impossible to get by on a McDonald's salary, even by the stringent standards outlined by the budget — which, by the way, doesn't account for heating or groceries.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- 7 of the scariest spiders in existence
- Why isn't 'Arkansas' pronounced like 'Kansas'?
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- 4 things NASA can teach you about a good night's sleep
- Internet piracy isn't killing Hollywood
- It's time for the police to rethink 'shoot-to-kill'
- How Israel's hawks intimidated and silenced the last remnants of the anti-war left
- This 1,600-year-old Viking war game is still awesome
- Congress' craven approach toward the war on ISIS
Subscribe to the Week