Demand McDonald’s Make Amends with Exploited Foreign Workers

Target: McDonald’s CEO, Don Thompson

Goal: Reimburse foreign workers for lost wages and money spent traveling to America to work.

Young guest workers from Latin America and Asia paid $3,000 to come to American and work at McDonald’s as a cultural exchange program. The workers hoped to earn their money back and have some left over to travel the country and learn about American culture. What the workers got instead was poor treatment and extended work hours. McDonald’s needs to apologize to these workers and reimburse them for the money they spent coming to America.

The workers were paid minimum wage, but their paychecks were less than they expected because of extra deductions for employee housing. They were forced to work 25 hours at a time with no overtime pay, and were housed in terrible conditions. They were threatened, had their wages stolen and forced to work in unsafe environments.

These workers used their hard earned money to come to America and experience the best parts of its culture. Instead, they unfortunately saw the bad side of the country. McDonald’s owes these people their money back and a huge apology. Sign the petition below to ask the McDonald’s CEO, Don Thompson, to ask the workers for forgiveness and to dispense their money back to them.


Dear Don Thompson,

Young workers from Latin America and Asia came to our country to experience our diverse culture. Instead, they saw the ugly, greedy side of our corporations. Their first impressions of America will forever remain negative.

The McDonald’s that employed these workers is guilty of exploiting them. The workers paid $3,000 to come to our country and work, only to be treated like slaves. They had their wages stolen, were forced to work overtime unpaid, and had to live in disgusting conditions. They didn’t have a chance to experience what makes America a great place to live. Their experience in our country will be one that forever taints their opinions of us.

This is not how Americans should treat guests in our country. The conditions these workers were forced to live and work in were borderline torturous. Your company is responsible and needs to do everything it can to make it up to these workers. Their impressions of us have already been formed, but now you can at least right your wrongs. Please reimburse these people for what they spent traveling here and beg them for forgiveness.


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