The past couple months have been a PR nightmare for fast food giant McDonald’s, as more and more details about the shocking tone-deafness of its employee resource site have come to light. Now it finally appears as if the site has been shut down.
"A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate, and we've directed the vendor to take down the website," McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb explained in a statement. "Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary."
The ongoing embarrassment began this summer, when the company published a sample budget that made it clear that they don’t expect their employees to be able to live on a McDonald’s salary, and basically suggest getting a second job. Then they provided some handy holiday advice on what to tip all the helpers in your life, like the au pair, and suggested selling unopened Christmas gifts to bring in extra cash. Finally, last week they posted an infographic about healthy eating, and suggested avoiding unhealthy foods like burgers and fries.
The site currently states that it’s being upgraded and will be "back soon!" We’ll see what sort of handy advice they dispense after the site is scrubbed clean.