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A Florida McDonald’s is paying people $50 just to show up for a job interview, and it’s still struggling to find applicants

McDonald’s is scrambling to hire workers, as restaurants face a labor shortage.

  • One McDonald’s in Florida is offering $50 for anyone who comes in for a job interview.
  • The owner of the location, Blake Casper, told Insider that restaurants are “scrambling for help.”
  • Casper said it has not been this difficult to hire workers in decades.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

A McDonald’s in Florida is paying people $50 just to show up for a job interview. But it’s still not attracting many applicants.

Blake Casper, the franchisee who owns the restaurant, told Insider that a general manager and supervisor came up with the idea for the interview reward after he told them to “do whatever you need to do” to hire workers.

“At this point, if we can’t keep our drive-thrus moving, then I’ll pay $50 for an interview,” said Casper, who owns 60 McDonald’s restaurants in the Tampa, Florida area.

The reopening of businesses across the US that are looking to hire, along with enhanced unemployment benefits, has cut into the number of applicants, according to Casper. He said that it hasn’t been this difficult to hire workers since the late ’90s.


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