A released call suggesting an employee of McDonald's get food stamps has gone viral and is generating an intense, renewed discussion about the ability of workers in low-wage jobs to get by without additional help. Yahoo! Finance shared the details of the call on Oct. 23.
One employee of the restaurant chain called the company's McResources hotline asking for suggestions on how to get by on the wage paid. The employee who called is said to have worked for the chain for the past 10 years. The answer the woman got was that the McDonald's worker should apply for food stamps, get on Medicaid assistance, and connect with food pantries.
The call, which was released by the group Low Pay is Not OK, comes on the heels of a report from the University of California at Berkeley that indicates 52 percent of similar workers are utilizing one or more public assistance programs. The leads to an estimated cost to taxpayers of $7 billion a year.
The issue sparks bigger discussions with no easy answers. Should the restaurant chains be paying their workers more so the employees do not need public assistance? If the pay rises, so do the costs of the food or products involved, of course.
While the pay rate is one thing when it comes to a high school student earning a bit of extra cash, many of the people in these jobs have them to try to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table for their children. Is it right for employees of McDonald's rely on food stamps, Medicaid and food shelves to get by?