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Contrary to report, degree not needed for McDonald’s job

A  McDonald's in Mill Valley, California.

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Good news for teenage job seekers: You don’t really need a college degree to work at a Massachusetts McDonald’s.

A report buzzing around the Internet Thursday claimed the McDonald’s restaurant in Winchendon had posted an opening for a cashier position that said applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and two years experience.

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No, they do not.

“We do not require a bachelor’s degree for employment,” said Joe Ruscito, owner of the Winchendon fast-food outlet, in a statement. “My organization is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work force.”

The bogus posting for the McDonald’s position was listed by an independent job search site called www.jobdiagnosis.com. A spokesman for the site’s owner, VHMnetwork LLC, confirmed the posting ­contained inaccurate information.

The listing has since been corrected, but not before it was picked up by some news ­outlets, including the online versions of the New York Daily News and Britain’s Daily Mail, which called it “a frightening example of how competitive the job market is for young ­people right now.”

The Washington Examiner — which also ran with the false story — quoted Evan Feinberg, president of Generation ­Opportunity, as saying young Americans were being hurt by the economy “even worse than the country overall.”

“Sadly we’ve taxed-and-spent our way to an economy in which there’s intense ­competition for just about any job,” Feinberg said.

Alyssa Edes can be reached at alyssa.edes@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @alyssaedes.
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