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Watch Colbert Shame the McDonald's Budgeting Website

Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Last night on the Colbert Report, comedian Stephen Colbert addressed McDonald's efforts to provide financial guidance to its workers with a website providing handy budgeting worksheets. Colbert explains: "Instead of raising salaries, they're giving their workers something more valuable than money: A website." He goes through the suspicious math of McDonald's sample budget and concludes the fast food giant's assertion that "you can have almost anything you want as long as you plan ahead and save for it" works, "unless the thing you want is money." Colbert finds the bright side, however. He suggests the McDonald's uniform can perform triple duty as clothing, food, and fuel. He also notes that workers with two jobs get to attend two holiday parties. Go, watch:

Video: Minimum Wage & McDonald's Spending Journal

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