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Do You Want Fries with Your B.A.?


[Update below.] A college education used to be the way out of a job flipping burgers. These days, it’s a requirement. A McDonald’s franchise in Massachusetts posted a job advertisement for a cashier’s position that requires one to two years of experience and a bachelor’s degree. The Daily Beast reports:

The ad calls for “friendly people … to smile while serving lots of guests daily.” “Get a weekly paycheck with a side order of food,” it continues. Don’t be too discouraged, college graduates: the ad promises opportunities to move up quickly, and there is an advertisement for a management position with a $10-an-hour salary. That should pay off those student loans very quickly.

That underemployment is a problem for recent college grads is well known by now. The MSM has been screaming about the stats for some time: 48 percent of employed U.S. college graduates have jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, and 37 percent work in jobs that require only a high school diploma. But there’s underemployment, and then there’s working at McDonald’s…

Some grads have responded to the tough job market by going back to school for a Master’s degree. Hopefully that’s at least enough to get them a job as a manager at McDonald’s.

Update: It looks like there is less to this story than we first thought. The Massachusetts McDonald’s doesn’t actually require applicants for its open cashier’s position to have a bachelor’s degree. reports:

“We do not require a bachelor’s degree for employment,” said Joe Ruscito, owner of the Winchendon fast-food outlet, in a statement. “My organization is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work force.”

The bogus posting for the McDonald’s position was listed by an independent job search site called A spokesman for the site’s owner, VHMnetwork LLC, confirmed the posting contained inaccurate information.

[Original McDonald’s sign image and graduates image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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