UPDATE: After looking into the story further, it appears that McDonald's corporate is supporting Mr. Haskett in his fight against the insurance company. While I still think they should have jumped on this earlier, at least they do have some sort of understanding of the emotional drivers behind this issue. Also - an object lesson in how a meme can spread quickly...
The elites who have risen to the top of corporate food chains across America continue to show their utter cluelessness.
Here we have an example of a chance for a major conglomo to bank the equivalent of millions in free positive advertising, of goodwill and possibly an incremental increase in respect from their minimum wage proles flipping the burgers that generate massive cash flow every day for managers and shareholders.
Instead of leaping at the chance to take this hero and pimp him out to sell more burgers, McDonalds decided to throw him under the bus, then piss on his injured body.
McDonald's: No workers comp for employee shot protecting patron
by Muriel Kane, therawstory
Fast food giant McDonald's has denied workers compensation benefits to a minimum wage employee who was shot when he ejected a customer who had been beating a woman inside the restaurant. A representative of the administrator for McDonald's workers compensation plan explained that "we have denied this claim in its entirety as it is our opinion that Mr. Haskett's injuries did not arise out of or within the course and scope of his employment..."
...Kennon went to his car, returned with a gun, and shot Haskett multiple times. Haskett staggered back into the restaurant and collapsed.Kennon, who has a long criminal record, was arrested a few days later and charged with first-degree battery. The judge at his arraignment praised Haskett as a hero.Haskett has since undergone three abdominal surgeries and has incurred over $300,000 in medical bills. McDonald's has declined to comment on their reasons for refusing his claim, because the case is still pending before the Workers Compensation Commission, but according to Haskett's lawyer, Philip M. Wilson:"McDonald's position now is that during thirty-minute orientation Mr. Haskett and the other individuals going through the orientation were supposedly told that in the event of a robbery or anything like a robbery . . . not to be a hero and simply call 911...
Don't be a hero. Don't stand up and try to make your community a better place by protecting a woman under assault. Don't be a man.
I wonder what those employees will think next time one of their minimum wage co-workers makes off with inventory? Or gives away free food? The end result of this could cost McDonalds well over the $300k they think they are saving.
Remember those old McDonalds commercials where they showed the ethnic kid getting suited up to work the fry cooker and harped on how this would build up R-E-S-P-E-C-T? (Love the reference to the famous work by ethnic artist Aretha Franklin - these meme wizards know their trade - emotional hook to a popular song AND a member of your ethnic group that was famous and successful). Yeah, it sounds even more hollow now.
I know this isn't a typical story we cover, but it screams out the fact that "System" guys, bureaucrats and lawyers have gummed up the works at every level of what should be a rather nimble and customer-friendly conglomo. It's a microcosm of the cluelessness and the hyperactive attention to detail on crap that just doesn't matter that pervades the Beltway and Wall Street.