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. Kevin in Atlanta

    Ok, so it's a job at McDonalds. Not exactly the most glamorous job out there. But who cares. It's a friggin' JOB. And for those who have been looking for work for months or years, it's atleast some form of income. I can't say that this kind of job would work for an unemployeed person with a family. But for the teenagers fresh out of school, starting summer break, or the college student looking for income, this is a good start.....for now.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric P

      Wow. Where do I begin? Well, for one thing, a lot of people get more in unemployment than they would working part-time at McDonalds. Why would someone take a part-time job for LESS money, just so that they can say "it's a JOB!" That's absurd. How does giving teenagers fresh out of school, as you say, help the current situation at all? Bueller? Bueller???

      April 19, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      "It's a JOB". Do you like living in a civilized society? Well, apparently not - you live in Atlanta - but for those of us who do, we realize that if all of the middle class jobs are replaced with $7/hour McJobs society's going to go to h3ll in a handbasket rather quickly, so yeah. You can hardly keep a decent roof over your own head for $7/hour, much less a family.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brittaney

    Yes, but there are people put there who can work, but decide not to but sit on their butts and live off the state.. so maybe they can get an easy A$$ job and work at McDonalds..

    April 19, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. really bad karma

    This is nothing compared to the money you can make building tanks fore egypt or fighters for Saudi Arabia.
    Increase the defense budget and support good jobs and freedom.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hector O

    I wonder about this becauese i try to get a job at McDonaids for the last year and a half and they never call me or send me an E-Mail maybe it is becauese of my age am 59 but i still need to work to i guess they dont want older employees and am still looking for a job i wonder if i should apply again.......Worcester,MA

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

    Oh boy, more McJobs! This will save the Middle Class for sure!

    April 19, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. joe-joe

    Benny, Your a dick

    April 19, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. JP

    These are the JOBs, JOBs, JOBs the GOP tried to tell us they would create? So THIS is what the tax breaks for the wealthy are buying us - part time jobs flipping burgers and mopping floors. Positions we'll have to fight college and high school students for. I went to college for this? I pay my taxes, bought a house - did everything right. And this is my reward. McDonalds and no Medicare when my turn comes. Whadda country. DOWNWARD PROGRESS.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. really bad karma

    If Charlie wins lawsuit, several industries will likely be hiring. P*orn, cig manufacturers, alcohol, and cr-*ack dealerships.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. T3chsupport

    Yes, they're minimum wage jobs, and that sucks.
    Know what sucks more? 50,000 people are going to be grateful that they even have that. Because they didn't have it before. They'll still have to live with their parents or roommates (probably multiple). They may still have to take another job, especially if they have kids. They'll still have to be on food stamps, because this will barely make the rent. This will be great for college students, who have no experience and a wonky schedule, but it won't pay their bills, either.

    We won't get jobs in big numbers like this that can actually pay for benefits and a living wage. Those have been sent to China and India, and there's no way we can compete to get them back. Even minimum wage for one person is worth a few Chinese workers. Americans are too expensive, and there's no way around it. You can't make them cheaper without making them live like they're in a third world country. Be grateful for what we have... I'm sure they're trying their best to find a way to outsource fast food as well.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    "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"

    April 19, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ronald

    we don't flip burgers at McDonalds. they are cooked and flipped in china. packaged and sent frozen to the us. all we do is microwave them.
    gotta go, a bigmac w/ cheese for lunch!

    April 19, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rita

    Liberals would rather sit on their fat azzes and draw an unemployment check than be seen working (at McDonalds).

    April 19, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Baruch

      What an ignorant comment. Actually most people would rather have meaningful work that pays enough to live on then low wage dead end jobs flipping burgers.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald

      You are right Baruch. But I told you all, we don't flip them. They are dethawed in a microwave. That's why they taste like horse manure.
      Shhhhh, don't tell anyone but they are made from recycled garbage and human waste from North Korea. Then Kim Jong sends them to China. And I've explained the rest!

      April 19, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Baruch

      Thanks for the clarification Ronald. Myself I would rather pick dandelion greens from the ground than eat a McDonald's burger.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    We have become a sweatshop country. Soon the chinese will own us entirely and move their factories over here.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. a perfect fit

    this is cool! a goverment full of clowns and a fast food chain, whose ad logo is a clown, opening up 50k jobs. irony has no bounds.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. mamanita

    Mcdonalds is an ok job for a high schooler or college student who just wants to make some kick around momey. I worked there part time as a teen making 7/hour and it was fine for buying clothes or saving up for fun trips. I can't imagine any grown adult using that income to raise a family. Especially in a surburban area. If you're not making at least 15/hr as an adult, why even bother?

    April 19, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
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