ATLANTA (WXIA) - This is one of those stories that brings to mind a lot ofexpressions like, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" or "practice what you preach."
It's a major public relations embarrassment for McDonald's that has shut down its employee website called the McResource Line.
Earlier this week, CNBC noticed that a vendor who operates the websitehad put up a drawing of what looks like McDonald's food as an"unhealthy choice" next to a drawing of a salad, sub sandwich and wateras a "healthier choice."
Another drawing of a burger, fries and soft drink warned that "eatinga diet high in fat puts people at risk for becoming overweight."
It's left the company with a bit of Egg McMuffin on their faces.
"I just think it's pretty funny; it's quite hilarious that theystomped on their own foot," Mary Catherine Noa told our sister station WXIA 11 Alive News.
"It's interesting to put that about your own food on your own website," said nutrition student Anna Sinclair."I don't think it's a very good move on McDonald's behalf," she added.
McDonald's has now shut down the McResource Line website, which says it's "under construction."
The company also posted a statement on the news release section of its main website:
"We have offered the McResource program to help our valued McDonald'semployees with work and life guidance created by independent thirdparty experts. A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate, andwe've directed the vendor to take down the website. Between links toirrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups takingelements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny andinappropriate commentary. None of this helps our McDonald's teammembers. We'll continue to provide service to our folks through aninternal telephone help line, which is how the majority of employeesaccess the McResource services."
This is just the latest snafu for the employee website, which wasearlier criticized for an out-of-touch employee budget plan and a guideon how much to tip a pool cleaner, housekeeper or an au pair.
It's also sparked a discussion about healthier fast food.
"They've gotten healthier over the years, they do have more healthychoices... but it does seem hypocritical to not be promoting their ownfood," said Beth Hudson.
"Hopefully before they take it away, some of the employees got thegist of the message before it was too late and McDonald's pulled it back, because the message is absolutely correct," said Laura Feuer.
Physician Laura Ambodi told 11 Alive, "I don't think it's a badthing; I think that if the media hadn't gotten hold of it, they probablywould have left it on and then made some other changes."
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