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McDonald's is really having trouble with the first rule of holes. Facing bad publicity over an employee helpline telling workers to apply for government assistance and an employee tips website offering budget advice like selling belongings on eBay, McDonald's has just kept digging. The fast food chain added a holiday tipping guide to that website, only to remove it after CNBC described the content:
The tipping guide from etiquette maven Emily Post on McDonald's website lists several high-ticket suggestions for givers during the holiday season, including "a gift from your family (or one week's pay), plus a small gift from your child" for an au pair, "one day's pay" for a housekeeper and "cost of one cleaning" for a pool cleaner.

The site also lists suggestions for dog walkers, massage therapists and personal fitness trainers.

McDonald's workers are a lot more likely to be coming at this from the other side of the equation, working second jobs cleaning pools, doing child care, or cleaning houses and hoping for tips themselves rather than trying to figure out how much to give. It's really starting to seem like McDonald's upper management needs Emily Post to give them advice on how much to tip their drug dealers—I don't know what they're smoking, but it must be powerful stuff if they think their minimum wage or barely above workers have massage therapists and pool cleaners.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 09:22 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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