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Mon Aug 19, 2013, 06:16 PM

McDonald's: Stop paying employees with debit cards loaded with fees (Petition)

I was looking forward to my new job when I started working at a McDonald’s location in Pennsylvania in April, but I was disappointed to find out that in order to be paid, I would have to activate a JP Morgan Chase debit card with heavy fees attached.

I’m a young single mom. When I started my job at McDonald’s, I knew that I would only be making slightly more than minimum wage. I didn’t expect that the only way I would be paid would be on a debit card that would dock pay that I earned through lots of different fees. When I asked if McDonald’s could pay me through direct deposit to my local credit union, which doesn’t charge withdrawal fees, I was told that the debit card was the only option.

These cards come with a lot of fees: from fees for cash withdrawals to balance inquiries to lost or stolen cards to overdrafts and even inactivity fees. The federal government has helped reduce fees on credit and debit cards that most consumers use, but those protections don’t apply to the kinds of cards companies like McDonald's are using to pay employees. In the end, I feared that once all of the fees from getting my own hard-earned wages through this card were taken out, my pay would go below minimum wage.

https://www.change.org/petitions/mcdonald-s-stop-paying-employees-with-debit-cards-loaded-with-fees

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Reply McDonald's: Stop paying employees with debit cards loaded with fees (Petition) (Original post)
MindMover Aug 2013 OP
CurtEastPoint Aug 2013 #1
AsahinaKimi Aug 2013 #2
denbot Aug 2013 #3
tblue37 Aug 2013 #4
MindMover Aug 2013 #5
KamaAina Aug 2013 #6

Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 06:24 PM

1. Done, and also here's a link to a direct contact at McDonald's

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 06:27 PM

2. I will sign it but...

Will McDonalds Corporation throw up its collective hands and say, "Okay, you got us...we will stop doing that..We surrender!"

I don't think so.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 06:34 PM

3. Signed, and a kick

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 06:36 PM

4. Once upon a time I would use a personal check

to pay someone who performed a service for me: e.g., babysitting, typing, mowing the lawn, or cleaning. But when one such person ended up having to pay a $10 fee to cash my check--because he didn't have a personal checking account--I stopped paying by check. (Of course I also reimbursed him for the fee he'd had to pay!)

I didn't realize before it happened that someone could be ripped off that way, but as soon as I learned about it, I took steps to prevent it from happening to anyone I paid for working for me.

I don't think for a minute that a big corporation like McD's doesn't know its employees are screwed over by fees when paid by debit cards. If somehow McD's didn't know before, they certainly do know now, so they have no excuse for continuing the practice!

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 06:40 PM

5. All of these debit cards are just another corporate ripoff

for the 99% .... these banks have gotten there fangs into federal, state, and local governments and now other corporate entities which the 99% rely upon for there very existence ....

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2013, 06:44 PM

6. She is also SUING McD's

because what they are doing is ILLEGAL in Pa. Not only do the fees put her below minimum wage, but Pa. law states that a worker has the right to be paid by cash or check.

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