McDonald's Corporation is the world's most notorious supplier of
grease hamburgers. It was founded in its modern corporation form by a multimixer salesman named Ray Kroc, who bought the name from the McDonald brothers. The corporation has generated much controversy over charges including providing unhealthy food, cutting down rainforests, serving coffee too hot to be safe, and the McLibel case where several people were caught up in a legal battle with the giant Goliath McDonald's over pamphlets provided by London Greenpeace (at the time it did not have an affiliation with the larger Greenpeace organization) and only two of them didn't surrender: Helen Steel and David (surprise?) Morris.
Critics claim the fast food giant is the reason why so many Americans are obese, including children and adolescents. However, the corporation claims they are going in the right direction. This includes putting apples in Happy Meals and not marketing hamburgers and fries directly to children, selling milk and juice as an alternative to soda and milkshakes, eliminating trans fats from French fries, and selling salads to adults (which, after McDonald's hired a new head chef, became edible).
Despite these new innovations, critics still claim that McDonald's is a greaseball since hamburgers and fries are still the heavyweights. They also push sugary soft drinks and milkshakes to wash their food down with; this only adds to the total calorie load of a typical meal.
Still, it might be the case that McDonalds is getting unfairly picked on here, being targeted simply due to being the most successful fast food chain and thus the face of the industry. Their food is not healthy, sure, but there are far worse fast food restaurants you can eat at. Your typical Five Guys burger is literally dripping with grease, for example.
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In 2013, as their American employees began making noises about wanting a living wage and better benefits, the brain trust at McD's corporate offices began issuing missives via their website to their employees telling them how to budget and spend their money.
- In July, they issued hints on how employees should budget their salary. Included were $600 for rent and $150 for car payments, but nothing for gas for the car or for food.
- In November, they issued tips on how to get extra money during the holidays, such as returning gifts for cash refunds and bring sack lunches.
- In December, two weeks after the November message and on the day that McD's employees in 100 cities picketed for higher wages, a message to employees was placed on the website telling them the proper way to tip au pairs, personal fitness trainers, dog walkers and pool cleaners.
- Then on 23 December came the ultimate sin — the website advised employees that junk food is bad for you. 
- Realizing that they were no longer lovin' it, headquarters pulled the plug on the entire site on Christmas day. Ho ho ho!
It should be noted that many McD's employees in the US are on public assistance, basically meaning that the federal government is subsidizing McDonald's profits. Many also work two or three jobs to survive. Others rely on parents or siblings for help. Some have even stated that they can't afford to eat at McD's on their McD's salary.
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- Drudge Report
- Fast food
- McLibel trial
- George Ritzer — created the concept of McDonaldization
- Soylent Green
- Super Size Me
- "McDonald's finance guide 'insulting' to low-wage workers": NBC News website
- "McFail: McDonald’s debt advice to employees — return purchases, skip the takeout": NBC News website
- "Fast-food wage protests highlight shift in economy": NBC News website
- "McDonald's gives workers advice on tipping au pairs, trainers, dog-walkers": NBC News website
- "McDonald's employee site bashes fast food": NBC News website
- "McDonald's on employee resources site: Not lovin' it": CNN website
- "McDonald's Worker Says She Can't Afford to Eat at McDonald's": Bloomberg-Businessweek website