McDonald's to Franchises: Open Doors on Christmas
They could make $5.5K each, apparently
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2012 12:01 PM CST
A McDonald's restaurant sign is illuminated in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago, Monday, April 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Ho ho humbug? McDonald's is pushing its franchisees to stay open on Dec. 25, with a memo sent by corporate last month calling Christmas Day "our largest holiday opportunity," according to Ad Age. It estimates that the 6,000 restaurants that stayed open on Thanksgiving brought in about $36 million in extra sales—which comprised one percentage point of the slumping company's 2.5% bump in November sales. "Our [positive] November results were driven, in part, by our Thanksgiving Day performance," a second memo acknowledges.

"We capitalized on the opportunity to be open while our customers were on the road—and those customers rewarded us." Just what kind of "reward" can a franchisee expect to reap on Christmas? Last year, the average company-owned restaurant pulled in $5,500 in sales. But any workers who help keep those doors open may find no present under their tree: A McDonald's rep explains that "when our company-owned restaurants are open on the holidays, the staff voluntarily sign up to work. There is no regular overtime pay."

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Dec 19, 2012 4:23 PM CST
Ever heard of "voting with your wallets?" If you are repulsed by big business having employees work on Xmas, then don't go to that establishment on Xmas....... there is a reason they are opening.
Dec 19, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Hey people, this is what you want: Capitalism, where profits come before human beings and anything/everything else. If you want to live in the sewer, then don't complain about the smell.
Dec 17, 2012 7:56 PM CST
We live in a country where a company can tell its employees with a straight face that it made an extra $36 million due to their sacrifice and not see a single problem with giving the employees jack shit for their trouble. Hell, they will jump through hoops to make damn sure they don't give them even an extra dime while they make millions off of it. Fucking disgusting.