McDonald’s: Get a BA to Be a Cashier

A bachelor’s degree may not just be your ticket to a job at a coffee shop, but also a job as a cashier at McDonald’s. One McDonald’s franchise in Winchendon, Massachusetts, posted a job listing this week for a cashier with one to two years’ experience and a bachelor’s degree. It’s already attracted the ire of youth advocates, who point to the growing unemployment rate for teens and college dropouts. 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.