On the Radar: McDonald's hiring, more strong storms, Sheen's lawsuit
McDonald's has openings for 50,000 jobs in the U.S.
April 19th, 2011
06:55 AM ET

On the Radar: McDonald's hiring, more strong storms, Sheen's lawsuit

50,000 jobs: McDonald's is looking to hire as many as 50,000 people today as part of its National Hiring Day promotion.

Jobs are available at both the corporate and restaurant levels. Job-seekers can go to the company's website or check at local franchises to find positions.

"I'm hopeful to bring in at least a dozen [new employees] if not more," said Robert Hughes, owner of four McDonald's franchises in eastern Pennsylvania, told CNN affiliate WFMZ. "Sales across the country and then regionally are doing so well that we have that need to be hiring more people."

In the Houston, Texas, area, McDonald's is looking to add 1,500 employees, CNN affiliate KHOU reports.

"At McDonalds, we believe our employees do incredible things. If you have a desire for a career, and a passion for quality, you should see what McDonald’s offers," Kimberly Kelley Elizondo, a McDonald’s owner-operator in the Houston area told KHOU.

The burger chain has more than 32,000 restaurants and 1.7 million employees worldwide.

Severe weather: Another round of severe storms on Tuesday could strike Oklahoma, one of the states hit by a  wave of violent weather last week, forecasters say.

CNN's Weather Center in Atlanta described the risk of severe weather as moderate. This time the forecast for severe weather is focused on the Midwest instead of the South, where 45 people perished in a swath of extreme storms, including tornadoes, last week.

The areas facing a moderate risk of tornadoes and high winds on Tuesday extends from the Midwest to the Ohio River Valley.  Also included are the cities of Tulsa, St. Louis and Indianapolis.

The threat of heavy storms is predicted to diminish in those areas on Wednesday morning, but the Northeast could experience isolated outbreaks of severe storms later in the day.

Sheen lawsuit: Charlie Sheen's $100 million lawsuit against his former employer is scheduled to come to a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday.

But for those looking for the headline-grabbing actor, Sheen is expected to miss the hearing.  His "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour has him in Washington D.C. Tuesday night.

The lawsuit was filed in March and names Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre, the creator of "Two and a Half Men." Sheen is seeking punitive damages and recovery of unpaid wages in the lawsuit that alleges intentional interference with contractual relations and breach of contract, among other contentions.

In addition to Sheen, 9th Step Productions - a corporation formed by Sheen to contract out his acting services on the series - also is a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

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  1. Guest


    April 19, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Benny, you are either jealous, or else you didn't have your morning coffee. By the way, I'm third.

      April 19, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • WTSBrains

      I am so happy for you, Guest.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • SalaryErosion


      April 19, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      Just another in the Obama "Presidential Curve". Under Bush these were not considered "good jobs", just like 6% unemployment wasn't good and $2.40 a gallon wasn't good. But now, with the curve, these are good jobs, $4+ a gallon is ok and 9% unemployment is ok. OB gets a passing grade...

      April 19, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      I'm only responding to this post because I had my morning green goodness beverage and I believe I'm 7th....wahoo!

      April 19, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • g

      benny, now that you made a nasty comment, you can continue on with your day of making everyone around you miserable.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      @bob @g – Have either of you noticed that your lack of enjoyment in this world could possibly be due to your overzealous use of the air educated humans wish to breath? Possibly you would increase your "happiness-o-meter" if you stopped wasting all of our air... Just a thought.. Ohh! Have a nice day!

      April 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Leen

      Working at McDonalds?? hell hole to work at.. Also, try getting your pay check from them... really nasty outfit.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • scoots

      This is payback for the option out of Obama Care. Don't be fooled. It is still cheaper to hire 50K poeple than pay for the new health care system that our president wants for all Americans!

      April 19, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Rico53

      Wait untill all these new employees find out how and when they get paid, the store my wife worked at in illinois paid 2 times a month ,time goes in on the 15th and 30th, but if time went in on a friday ,pay roll wouldn`t be started till mon ,and if they were real busy there were pay peroids where my wife had to wait 18 days for a paycheck.
      When you only get minimum wage this create some problems trying to manage a budget .

      April 19, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • jokes24

      "At McDonalds, we believe our employees do incredible things. If you have a desire for a career, and a passion for quality, you should see what McDonald’s offers," Kimberly Kelley Elizondo, a McDonald’s owner-operator in the Houston area"

      HAHAHA yes, a career flipping burgers making minimum wage.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Q

      At last. The promise of jobs is here....

      April 19, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Durcilla

      Wow – now i can throw that college degree i got away, because the only job hiring is McDonalds. Guess i wasted 4 years of college on a degree that I can't get a job in. "welcome to McDonalds, how can i help you"

      April 19, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |

      Carlos, your post has me laughing my ass off! You're awesome!

      April 19, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Yay more McJobs for the McSerfs.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Shmeatery

      WELCOME TO McAMERICA. One nation, under dog, serving Shmeat to eachother! Read "3 Fs of the American Mind" on NoShmeat (dot com) - there's a link to the article on the right. Truth.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • NonEssential

      How about hiring all of the NON-essential government employees? They need something to do besides sleeping on the job.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike R

      Will Obama claim this latest victory in his rambling "I have a dream" speeches on the American economy? lol

      April 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shannon Nutt

    And how many corporate positions are they hiring? Yep, you guessed it...ZERO (at least according to the website). Adding 50,000 to minimum wage is NOT economic progress!

    April 19, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      With an unemployment rate above 9%, according to CNN in February, I'd say its better than nothing and considerably better than my tax dollars paying for their unemployment...

      April 19, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Dol_Bob

      Of course, Benny! People do not deserve to make a living wage. Let the market decide their wage and force them to live off that. Not to mention, since these low paying terrible jobs do not pay any benefits and compensate just enough for subsistence than the tax payers will still have to pay for their health insurance, food stamps, etc. By the way, that is a business strategy that companies like Wal-Mart and McDonalds use. Why provide benefits when the government can do that?

      April 19, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • RKen

      50,000 less people potentially jobless, collecting unemployment, or fighting to get by is economic progress (albeit small) to me. No one will have their life turned around by a close to minimum wage job, but to act like people are just as better off not working and leeching off the system than taking a low-paying job is the exact logic that is ruining our country and stressing our welfare programs. No one is saying McDonald's deserves a noble peace prize for this or anything, but no logical minded person can seriously argue people are better off on welfare than working low-paying jobs.

      April 19, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Benny is crabby today. He's still mad that someone stole his lunch in second grade. Or was it first?

      April 19, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ali999

      I'm sure McDonald's will be using eVerify to try to make sure that it doesn't hire illegal aliens. After all, it should have learned from the recent lesson of the franchisee who was just audited by ICE and is now facing penalties for hiring illegal aliens.

      April 19, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dol_Bob

      RKen, that's my point. Even if they take the job, they still leech off the system because they are not given any benefits or paid enough to take care of themselves. Either way, the taxpayer is on the hook. The only difference is that McDonalds benefits from cheap, exploited labor while the taxpayer has to pay for its consequences.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      @Benny - seriously dude what the heck is your problem? Did someone pee in your corn flakes this morning?

      And to everyone else - having jobs of any type is better than having no jobs...i mean I know there is a large group of people that live only to complain and cry and moan about everything on a daily basis....well get over it folks if you are that type of person. Anyway you slice it its still better for 50k people to grab a min-wage job than to sit home doing nothing. And if you are thinking ONLY of "well it doesn't give benefits....you can't pay a mortgage with it...etc."...then you are pretty much a dimwit because you are thinking way to deeply on the issue. What about kids that could use the work? What about a college kid that could use a job to pay for car insurance, but he/she still lives at home? Is that not helpful for the parents to have less to pay for? Is that not a good "life lesson" for a parent to say to their teenager...."You want that new Ipad2? Get a job..."....I mean seriously folks....you don't even have to try to think of the common sense logic of a job is better than no job.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • J.Lawrence

      50,000 people working who probably were unemployed previously... And you say that Not economic progress. You're silly.... I'm actually mad now I wasted my time responding to you.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Somratni

      That's right, minimum wage jobs that currently unemployed legal Americans would love to have in order to try and keep their homes. These jobs, just like all the existing jobs at McD's, will be going to illegal aliens. Boycitt McDonalds.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper Ga

      Nutt.. hmmmm... Where in this article did anyone mention economic progress? Nice of you to play.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Guillermo

      rken: I agree with you. 50,000 jobs is better than no jobs. What other people are pointing out is that many of the folks who work these jobs simply can't get by on their wages. So they will still collect food stamps and other benefits.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      @ Benny

      Unemployment insurance is paid by the employer not the employee

      April 19, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • tiny tony

      it is job, better then sitting at home.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • aatami

      IT's is economic progress, for the 2% of the country that controls more than 50% of the wealth. IT's not economic progress for the coutry. In fact, it's total and complete digression. We are hurling towards a socio-economic existence much like that of Mexico.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shannon Nutt

    Correction...I was just searching in my own state...there's actually a whole 86 corporate jobs nationwide! Woo hoo (insert sarcasm here)!

    April 19, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • J.Lawrence

      You must be Unemployed... If not... Why are you complaining.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Karen

    My son starts his first job today, at McDonalds. He's been looking for over a year and will be 18 in June. Thank you McDonalds!! Teenagers are having a really hard time finding employment.....

    April 19, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • SalaryErosion

      Great. Congraulate your offspring about their life of indentured servitude as they poison their fellow man. Great parenting.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Haven't seen, at least in our kneck of the woods, anyone with their arm behing their back being forced into a McDonalds to eat? Anyone else seen this??

      April 19, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      "ing" thing still on the mind. lol BEHIND their backs.....

      April 19, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • sna

      Good for him Karen! My first job was working minimum wage at a crappy amusement park. It helped give me money to save and now I'm going to Harvard for my masters 🙂

      April 19, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      Maybe in his next life he will have parents that encourage him to acquire useful skills so he can do more than flip a burger. Seriously, this isn't a new recession. With six weeks of coursework he could have become a CNA and could now be earning 10 to 12 bucks an hours...not bad for an 18 year old. Take pride in those burgers...

      April 19, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      No Karen, I have never seen anyone forced to go to McDonalds. Anytime I've ever gone there, it's been of my own free will.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • jack

      I love my children. They will be provided for until after they have graduated college. They will be well compensated for their knowledge. I don't fault you for having low expectations from your offspring.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former McD Employee

      @Salary Erosion:
      I worked at McDonalds for two years as a teenager. While working there I received two scholarships from them (amazing since I am a white male). I also sucessfully completed college and currently hold a master's degree. I have a good job serving my country defending your right to act like a fool. That is a little different that your scenario of "a life of indentured servitude."

      April 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Remember when Bush was in office and everyone was complaining that all of the jobs being created required flipping burgers? Yeah, those were the days.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. vinny

    If you are excited about this and it affects you, let me be the first to congratulate you for failing at life.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Vinny, these jobs support our youth. My oldest sons first job was also at McDonalds. He is now 4th year student at UW with triple major... These are important jobs for our youth, they are stepping stone jobs that are vital.

      April 19, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Well let me congratulate you vinny at failing grammar. Have a nice day!

      April 19, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      I think Vinny and Benny are either related or they are the same person.

      April 19, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Oh for crying out loud people! No one is saying that McDonalds is saving the nation by offering new jobs, but something is better than nothing. And ask yourselves, why is McDonalds able to hire so many people? Answer: because we are all supporting them by spending money at their restaurants. If you want higher paying jobs available, start spending your money on higher end products so those companies can afford to hire more emplyoees.

      Vinny...working at McDonalds is NOT failing at life! I don't know about where you are, but in my area most of the employees are young people. I think it's good for them to work at any job. Maybe they are saving for college, maybe they are taking some of the pressure off their parents by working and buying their own clothes, movie tickets or whatever they like. Maybe they just want a little extra spending money. Whatever the reason, they are learning work ethic, working together with others as a team, bugeting, etc. All of which will help them later in life with other jobs and even school.

      Karen...I agree with you 100%. Tell your son congratulations on his new job!

      April 19, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike Manhattan KS

    Majority are min. wage, and part time so they don't have to pay insurance. Don't plan on raising a family working for them!

    April 19, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • SalaryErosion

      Great. More subsistent low-paying jobs so people can't afford to have children. Way to go elected lawyers.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • wdrad

      dont have kids until you have a skill to offer an employer that pays well..

      April 19, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Salary...what elected lawyers are you refering to? I don't think any lawyers (elected or otherwise) went to McDonalds and made them hire 50,000 new employees. The reason McDonalds is able to hire so many new people is because of consumers' demand for the product. More people are eating at McDonalds, they are busier and therefore need to hire more people to help. Simple economics 101.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ron

    We need more knaves to flip my burgers!

    April 19, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kay

    How many do you think will apply? My guess is about 600,000, maybe more. They will have far, far more applicants than they have openings. There is NOTHING out there and people are desperate for any income, even jobs that nobody wanted before, or used to be filled by kids just starting out. They might even crash the server.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. swedejane

    "At McDonalds, we believe our employees do incredible things."

    Oh my yes...like make change, clean toilets, flip burgers...our nation's future is bright indeed.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ali999

      You have to start somewhere. My niece's husband started at a regional burger chain, rose to manager, then corporate, and the chain got bought out by Pepsi. He now works for a major food service company as a regional sales manager with a six-figure income. Not bad for a guy who didn't even finish an associate's degree.

      April 19, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Corvus1

      Shyeah. Your niece's HUSBAND. If it had been your niece she would still be at the flipping burgers level.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. keith

    INS should do a raid at McDonald's tomorrow....they'll find 50K illegals

    April 19, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. john carter of mars

    It's the GOP's wet dream of a jobs plan.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • SalaryErosion

      Great. More subsistent low-paying jobs for broken America. Way to go elected lawyers.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. free2do

    McDonalds kills as many people as it hires.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • SalaryErosion

      Excellent post... and destroys even more quality of life.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • bab

      I agree! We are currently getting another McDonals's near my office. That makes 3 within like 5 miles. WTH! That is the last thing we need!!

      April 19, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    horray 50,000 more worthless jobs, that will be part time, with no benefits, that both the uneducated and the educated alike will be forcced to work because instead of creating good jobs McDonald's is going to continue mistreating employees and takeing advantage of the the high unemployment rate. Why is this news McDonald's is ALWAYS hireing because they treat their employees like cattle.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Have you taken an English corse? Drop the "e" before adding "ing". lol

      April 19, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • WTSBrains

      I'll have to agree with Karen on this one.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      If Steve has a highschool diploma, I will be more disappointed in our educational system then McD's!!

      April 19, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • J.Lawrence

      Karen... Make sure you proofread your posting before correcting anyone's grammar... Because you spelled Course.... "Corse" Your computer should have highlighted that for you.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    Where I live in Northern Virginia, ALL the McDonalds employees are hispanic. I doubt if ANY of them have parents who are legal immigrants.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Wut

      ^ This

      April 19, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Neko

      So true! Here in WA, it's mostly all Hispanics who work at fast food places and they can barely speak English. I have been trying to find a job for a while now and applied at MD a few times but it's still pretty much all Hispanics. I doubt I will have any luck this time because I am sure they will hire mostly Hispanics...

      April 20, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
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