Bloomberg News reported that McDonald's Corp has just purchased (for the use of its executives) a Bombardier Challenger 605, a 12-seat plane that goes for between $27 million and $35 million. (Fries and soft drink not included.)
Meanwhile, McDonald's employees have been offered a "McResources" telephone help-line that offers them helpful advice if they are having problems meeting their living expenses on their minimum-wages. The advice: Sign up for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ("food stamp") benefits and Medicaid.
Taxpayers are spending an estimated $1.2 billion a year supporting McDonald's workers, according to a recent National Employment Law Project study, because McDonald's would prefer to tell its employees to get public assistance.
That figure is less than the $1.5 billion in profits that McDonald's earned in one quarter (the three months ending September 30). McDonald's CEO Donald Thompson earns $13.7 million a year (Sign this petition)
(* No, we're not subsidizing McDonald's wages with food stamps...the taxpayers are buying McDonald's their private jets!)