A job posting for a McDonald's franchise cashier opening in Massachusetts that required a college degree caused a stir among the media today, with much hand-wringing about job prospects in America, but it was all in error.
Tony Cesolini, assistant manager at McDonald's of Winchendon, a town on the border with New Hampshire, said the educational requirement was an error in the job posting.
"We're still trying to figure out how that happened," Cesolini told ABC News. "At this time, it's misreported information from an independent job offering website."
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Cesolini said the franchise did not publish the job posting.
The job posting, as published by the Daily News, showed Crew Cashiers required a bachelor degree and experience as well.
Cesolini said he has been fielding inquiries from the media about the job description.
"We do not require a bachelor degree and haven't required it in the past," he said.
An email from a support team member of JobDiagnosis.com said the job post was listed incorrectly with the educational level defaulting to bachelor's degree.
"The post was only live for a short time, and was completely removed once we gained knowledge of the error," JobDiagnosis.com said.
Joe and Lori Ruscito, owner and operators of the franchise in Winchendon released a statement about the job posting:
"There has been some misinformation reported by an independent job site with no relationship to the Winchendon, Massachusetts McDonald's. The original job posting, which could be accessed through McState.com, did not require a bachelor's degree and we do not require a bachelor's degree for employment. Our organization is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work force."