The nationwide labor shortage has gotten so bad that a desperate McDonald’s location in Illinois is offering a free iPhone after six months of work to try to lure new employees.
A photo of a window display advertising the promotion, which read “free iPhone after 6 months employment & meet employment criteria,” went viral on Twitter after it was shared over the weekend.
While users joked about all of the potential loopholes to the offer, it shows how hard a time business owners are having attracting employees into the workforce just as the economy is emerging from the pandemic. Restaurants, in particular, are also preparing for the busy summer season.
The location offering the deal is in Altamont, Illinois, a staff member at the location confirmed to The Post.
A McDonald’s spokesperson added that, “franchisees around the country are offering various incentives around hiring but this is not a corporate backed initiative.”
Mark Salebra, chair of the National Franchisee Leadership Alliance, said that McDonald’s franchisees “offer a variety of unique employee programs and benefits locally” to attract and retain workers.
“To remain employers of choice and further differentiate what we have to offer, owner/operators are leading an effort