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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soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. TB

    50,000 positions at slave wages! Thank you Congress for keeping taxes low so the wealthy can create McJobs!

    April 19, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      For real, its McDonalds. If you think your going to get rich working the fry stations your insane. I worked there during collage. Got out at 1 am and was in class by 7 am. Entry level jobs are just that, where everyone gets a start. So in your jealous mind if someone is rich then they screwed someone over at McD's? Let me have my chance to be rich and i wont feel guilty at all. I earn my cash. You have issues....

      April 19, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. William

    Hope the new hires know Spanish. When i was a cook there we had alot of blacks. Now no matter where i go in any city i hardly see any blacks working at McD's.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. bl

    I think McDonald's is great for a young person just starting out. But, more than likely, a lot of unemployed adults will show up for a lot of these jobs because they can't find work in the fields they were in before they were laid off. So McDonalds will have its pick of the best and brightest. And these best and brightest will officially be overly educated, underemployed fast food workers. Yay.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jorge

    I know for a fact most of the jobs here in Houston will go to Illegals. That is why teens have a hard time finding work.

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

      Totally right. They used to hire mostly black, now black, white, teen, adult, if your not hispanic it seems you cant get any entry level job around Atlanta.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Willis Montgomery III

      Americans can't be bothered to work, they are too busy playing "Black OPS, Call of Duty". If they took a job at McDonalds, that might cut into their video game time. Also, how can you expect kids to get a job and improve their video game scores?That would be too tough for those kids. The illegals don't seem to mind taking these jobs. Let them.

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

      Willis I make 6 figures and I just prestiged in COD: Black OPs so sucks to be you.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. KidCanada

    "At McDonald's are employees do incredible things."
    Incredible??? Really?
    People described a manned flight to the moon as incredible.
    Now a McDonald's employee gets that honor too?
    Well why only pay your employee's minimum wage if they are so "incredible"?

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

      Great. Excellent. More subsistent low-paying jobs. Way to go elected lawyers.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. revinger

    too bad we have that pesky minimun wage.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • SalaryErosion

      Wonderful. Great. More subsistent low-paying jobs. Way to go elected lawyers.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. jen

    This is something to be happy about????? we train people from India to do our tech jobs, then we are supposed to go work for McDonalds??? This is pathetic. This is the result of corporate greed and politicians on the take.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. sosideirish

    I will applaud the effort as long as these jobs DO NOT GO TO ILLEGALS! The McDonald's closest to my home employs very few local residents (surrounding suburbs are loaded with ILLEGALS and crews are mostly Hispanic even though the town is not), and I'm tired of our young people being turned away. I WILL NOT frequent any restaurant in my area that overloads their workforce with Hispanics.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • SalaryErosion

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

      April 19, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • sna

      I should hope that you mean illegal Hispanics and not just Hispanics in general. If they are here paying taxes and are legal, then they have every right to a job just like YOU.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      Ah, yes, the un- and under-educated rubes here rejoice at yet another "Please, sir, may I have some more?" cog-in-the-wheel McJob and the chance to create a pile of wealth for everyone but themselves.

      That's the mentality that has put this country in decline. Go away, dummies.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. revinger

    and then tax those workers at 35%.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Taramcar

    The day I'm reduced to working at McDonalds, regardless of whatever economic situation I may find myself in, is the day I put a pistol in my mouth.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • gerome

      you should do it now and do the world a favor you idiot.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • retired after 35 years

      That's the mentality today – and we wonder why the unemployment situation has reached a crisis.
      Do everyone a favor....

      April 19, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Exyi

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

    Seriously ??? Don't even wast your time trying for a position with this garbage company they only look for lazy people and slackers and those who work in a slow paced environment so they can yell at them all day long telling them how pethic and slow they are i rather jump off a bridge than ever step foot in another Rotten Raunchy Restraunt .

    Agree with the minimum wage what they pay is garbage i rather keep my $11 /h job than work for them at $5 /h again

    The hours are long and depressing the job is a dead end with no advancement what so ever . Management is hired from an outside source there is no in company promotional system.

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

      @Exyi pot meet kettle? $11/hr is no high and mighty position to scoff at minimum wage. 11 and hour at full time.. is what.. $22k and change a year? I really hope you are a teenager or working college student.. because if you are an adult making those comments and only pulling in 11 an hour, you might as well jump of that bridge anyway.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. SalaryErosion

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

    April 19, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Guesto

    50,000 additional participators to cardiac arrest

    April 19, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. ole Lady

    Minimum wage is set too low against the standard cost of living. Sad. But being employed is better than unemployed period.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      You got the point. Being employed is better then being unemployed. My son now will have to give up his video games as stated before. Take responsibility for his keep; car, insurance, etc... and save for his college education. I am a good parent SalaryErosion, one graduated with a BS from University of Wis and a second in his forth year with that triple major. You seem to have been downgraded in your salary and pity yourself instead of changing the situation. These times require people to work harder, period.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Wisconsin mininum wage $7.25.
      My first job in 1978, $2.50.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kudzu Kannibal

    Great, 50,000 more people I can barely understand when ordering food...progress? Yeah, I doubt it will make a dent in unemployment so all of you happy about not paying unemployment to 50,000 think again. Oh they'll hire 50,000, but these people come NOT from the unemployment line, but the back of trucks smuggling them in to take YOUR and YOUR kids jobs! Thanks McDonalds, I'll eat at Rally's instead!

    April 19, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
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