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. James

    50,000 Ilegal Aliens are going to get new jobs.

    Go to any Mc Donalds and you will see most people working there speak Spanish or NO English at all.

    It's disgraceful that they are getting away with hiring of Ilegal Aliens.

    This is what happens when YOUR President uses the Justice department to sue States that try and enforce their Immigration Laws.

    Both Political parties have failed the Coutry and both are conpleltly CORRUPT.

    The economy is going to collaps as the Government is running off of fake Federal Reserve Money and Bounced Checks.

    Your Debit is going to grow and ALL OF YOU are going to be hit with Austarity Mesaures and Taxed for Wall Streets Corruption.

    It is now just a matter of time

    April 19, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. JanetMermaid

    Goody! More minimum wage jobs working for a mega-corp that puts no value in it's employees!! Just what America needs.
    Oh, wait, since all our technical jobs have been shipped overseas I guess that IS what this country needs.....
    Let's all practice. Repeat after me, please, "Would you like fries with that?"

    April 19, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Poor American

    That’s great and all, until you realize that you are working at McDonalds.

    Government goons tote this as though the economy is improving because McDonalds is hiring. I challenge any of them to make ends meet on a McDonald’s salary.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. maria

    My daughter has applied several times at both of our McDonald's. She's never even received a phone call. She applied again last week. Wonder if she should apply AGAIN today?

    April 19, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Poor American

      Does Maria Jr. speak spanish? Tell her to apply at KFC.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Johnny

    How can you survive on a McDonalds salary? People cheering this either never went to college or majored in something useless like art history.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. i rock

    suck it up crybabies now get to hamburger u and learn how to make my fries

    April 19, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Baruch

    Are these the wonderful jobs the GOP is bringing us as a country? They want us all working in low wage dead end jobs. Hey tea partiers, THIS is the GOP's vision of the US.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Dude last I checked the democrats were in charge. Why are you blaming republicans for this? Why are you so stupid?

      April 19, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Baruch

      "Dude" last time I checked the GOP was holding the country hostage over ideological issues, and completely failing to even try to keep their campaign promises to create jobs people can support themselves with.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jared

    This country has went to #(*&. It is filled with nothing but political crooks that WE put there. YaY us! Less and less union jobs, more and more Wal-Mart/McDonalds jobs, pure sweetness. You want to know what is happening to this country. The rich are getting richer and idiots.


    April 19, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric P

      Yep. You can't really argue with fact. You can see economic data that proves the rich are, in fact, getting richer...even during the worst downturn since the 1930s, but it's not going to incite people to do anything. Americans have been so conditioned to believe in the system that they'd never rock the boat. If you drive through the really wealthy parts of your town, just remember that you technically own everything in those huge homes because those things were bought with your money. I thought for sure Americans were finally going to grow a pair and just overthrow the entire system after 2008 and the banks that put everyone in poverty and destroyed the global economy got almost a trillion dollars of public funds to save their butts...nothing happened. Then I DEFINITELY thought the final straw would have been when these same bailed out companies began paying performance and "retainment" bonuses to managers...nothing happened. Americans will never do anything about any of it, which is why they will begrudgingly accept a low wage job and just accept that low wage, meaningless jobs are as good as it's going to get...then they die from even the slightest illness because they can't afford to see a doctor. Life in America is so great. LOL!!!!!

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

      Eric P. – Over two trillion, not a trillion.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jared


    April 19, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nope

    And 49,000+ of them will be gone within the first month either because they quit or because they were fired.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. McMuffin

    If they would give their employees 40 hours a week, they wouldn't need to hire

    April 19, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Quackula

    Wow, 50,000 low wage jobs will be created still qualifying you for welfare. Go McDonald's!

    April 19, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Eric P

    I wonder if they will find enough qualified people to fill all those posts? (49,500 "restaurant" positions, 500 corporate...that sounds like it might be right).

    April 19, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nick

    I love the fact that they're described as "restaurant" positions. Ooo, pretend classy!

    April 19, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    How long until the front counter workers are replaced by touch screens with card readers, cash acceptors, and change dispensers, anyways? Then when the sandwich making robots come around, the whole place can be automated.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven Gordon

      Not too long Pete...not too long. Soon even the drive thrus will have either an overseas or robotic accent.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
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