McDonald's to Workers: Don't Forget to Tip Pool Boy
As workers rally, tipping etiquette puts McDonald's in the fryer
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2013 8:13 AM CST
Updated Dec 8, 2013 6:30 PM CST
Protesters rally for better wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Thursday, Dec., 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

(Newser) – Bad move, McDonald's? As fast food workers walked off the job in 100 cities this week amid demands for higher pay, the fast food giant thought it was a good idea to dish out some holiday tip suggestions to its employees—like how much to tip your massage therapist or pool cleaner. Posted on its employee resource website, the now-deleted suggestions, including one week's pay for your au pair, add up to hundreds of dollars or more—pretty steep for employees who largely earn just above minimum wage, CNBC News reports, though it notes the guide also said to tip based on "your budget."

"This is content provided by a third-party partner and quotes from one of the best-known etiquette gurus, Emily Post," a McDonald's rep explained. "We continue to review the resource and will ask the vendor to make changes as needed." Meanwhile, some fast food workers who walked off the job didn't lose a day's pay thanks to union-backed groups like Fast Food Forward, CNN reports. "I have bills to pay and we don't get enough money," said a single mom and Checkers employee, who didn't show up for work but was paid what she'd make in a day—about $50—so she could rally outside a Brooklyn Wendy's. "If they weren't paying me, I couldn't afford to be here." (Click for more helpful budget tips from McDonald's, including its suggestions that McDonald's employees get a second job and sell their stuff to raise extra cash.)

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Dec 9, 2013 1:33 PM CST
OK, McDonald's workers are to throw a tip to their pool cleaners. Too bad they don't have a pool or anything close. In the 60s - 90s the only adult at a McDonald's was the manager. Everyone else was a high-school kid working for pocket change. Now, because all the decent paying production jobs have been outsourced to China, India, and every other Third World country on Earth, the only jobs left for adults are "Service" - and fast food typifies that.
Dec 9, 2013 11:51 AM CST
Raising minimum wage helps the debtors while raising the bar across the board for everyone else. The people that get hurt are the rich as they have lent their money out expecting a return that will be less as it means less to have their debts repaid. It helps the federal government as more revenue is brought in, as prices increase generally peoples income increase. People forget the last major minimum wage hike brought about a prosperity that led into the early 2000's when the government had it's last surplus that was used as a tax refund rather than to pay down the national debt. Unfortunately it will not have the intended consequence that the workers think other than to be able to pay down their debt on credit cards etc. Eventually everything will fall into line as inflation will cause the cost of things to increase. Still if you have a mortgage and or have any debt you should be in favor of a minimum wage increase. If your mega wealthy no debts have lent out money you should be vehemently against it. Unfortunately people believe the incorrectly that if MC'd's raise their wages that everything is going to cost more for them. It will, but you will get paid more.
Dec 9, 2013 7:31 AM CST
People have to understand that a fast food job is originally designed to be P/T for high school/college kids, retired people and handicapped people...not as F/T job to live on. Giving tips to fast food workers to save money, as what Mickey D's is suggesting is just as ridiculous as their workers demanding to be paid $15/hr. My suggestion is this to Mickey D's and other fast food chains: offer free food for workers while on the job, demand that state/federal taxes be exempt from anyone making less than $20K a year (that includes local & medicare taxes), have the states decide their own minimum wage (NOT the federal government) and offer a savings program for workers who want to put money aside.