A week after Pennsylvania newspaper The Citizens' Voice reported that a local McDonald's franchise was being sued for allegedly allowing employees to retrieve their earnings only with a fee-heavy debit card, an online post alludes to an attempt to sweep the controversy under the rug.
"Yesterday at my McDonald's, the owner asked us to throw away all these free newspapers," reads a post on the social news website Reddit. The accompanying image features a bundle of Citizens' Voice newspapers with the McDonald's cover story above the fold.
It's not clear if the McDonald's accused of trashing the papers is the same one in the lawsuit, or why employees were asked to throw the papers away.
The lawsuit names Albert and Carol Mueller, who own 16 McDonald's locations across northeastern Pennsylvania and employ about 800 people, the Associated Press reported. The suit was filed by Natalie Gunshannon, a former franchise employee who is accusing the couple of unlawfully using the payroll debit card system.
Lawyers for the franchise owners told the Citizens' Voice that it's possible to withdraw wages and use the card for free.
The Huffington Post reached out to the article's author, Bob Kalinowski, who said he had not heard about any McDonald's store throwing away the newspapers. However, Kalinowski confirmed that local McDonald's franchisees in Pennsylvania pay for the papers. He believes free copies are given to customers who purchase coffee, he said.
Attempts to contact the author of the Reddit post were not successful, and calls to a spokesperson for the McDonald's franchise were not immediately returned.