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McDonald’s help-wanted ad: Cashier position available; college degree required

- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 4, 2013

In a stunning indicator of how the job market is faring, a McDonald's franchise in Winchedon, Mass., has just posted a job opening for a full-time cashier — but insists only college graduates need apply.

Also, only those with one to two years of experience working with a register are encouraged to apply.

"Get a weekly paycheck with a side order of food, folks and fun," the advertisement reads. "[Seeking] friendly people ... to smile while serving lots of guests daily."

The McDonald's website also lists the position in Spanish but doesn't give a salary. A management position also listed starts at $10 an hour.

With youth unemployment at 11.5 percent, experts argue the unusually high qualifications McDonald's is demanding are a sign of the times.

"Sadly we've taxed-and-spent our way to an economy in which there's intense competition for just about any job ... and young people are getting screwed over even worse than the country overall," Evan Feinberg, president of the Washington-based youth advocacy group Generation Opportunity, told The Washington Examiner.

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