Monday, July 15, 2013

A McBudget for the working poor

"McDonalds has partnered with Visa to launch a website to help its low-wage workers making an average $8.25 an hour to budget." If this sample McBudget wasn't so cruel and insulting, it would be so absurd as to be funny.

Have to love that it starts by assuming their workers need two jobs to make ends meet. Of course that ignores the fact that few of their workers actually clear even as much as $1000 in a month, much less are offered schedules that allow them to get a second crappy minimum wage job with enough hours to make up the difference. And apparently they believe all their workers live in the tropics and thus need no money for heat.

In response to an email from Think Progress asking how they came up with this work of fantasy fiction, McDonald's had this to say.
The samples that are on this site are generic examples and are intended to help provide a general outline of what an individual budget may look like.”
I'd suggest their CEO try to live on that budget for a month or two and then get back to us on how well it worked. Measuring on the stupid or evil scale, this farce goes off the chart on both.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I'd like to know where you can get health insurance for 20 bucks a month. A $2,500 deductible from Blue Cross used to cost me way over a thousand and that was a long time ago. And of course that $2,500 would be the end of you if you had a income like that and broke a leg. They shoot horses, don't they? Same for peasants and serfs I guess.

It assumes you get your heat for free too, or that you live in Florida without air conditioning which is like living on the moon without oxygen.

9:32:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Seriously. This budget is a cruel joke.

12:16:00 PM  

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