McDonald's Hiring ... in Guantanamo Bay

World's largest fast-food chain is offering special perks for position.

November 13, 2009, 2:45 PM

Nov. 13, 2009— -- Ever dreamed of relocating to an island, working for one of the world's largest companies and enjoying generous tax breaks?

Well, McDonald's may have the job that fits the bill, although it's not what one might think.

The world's largest fast-food chain is looking for an assistant manager at its franchise at the U.S. Naval Base -- in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

The brief job listing, posted at, avoids mentioning the word "Guantanamo" -- often associated with the controversial detention camp that houses more than 200 alleged terrorists.

The company declined to provide details about the position but the listing states, "Candidates must have restaurant management experience, possess a valid United States passport, and be willing to relocate to Cuba."

McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud told ABC News this particular location, on what is the oldest overseas naval base, has been around since 1986 and is independently owned and operated by a McDonald's franchisee.

Proud would not say how much interest the position has gotten or the salary, adding that franchise owners determine the pay for their employees.

"As with any position, the salary offered will be commensurate with previous experience, etc. There are several factors that will determine salary," Proud said.

The job requires working five days per week on a rotating basis. In addition to tax benefits for full-year residents, the employee would also get half of his or her monthly rent and utilities paid.

Gitmo: More Than 6,000 Served

Some news reports have speculated that U.S. interrogators bought food from the same McDonald's to bribe and coerce detainees.

But Proud would not comment on the matter, only saying, "I am not in a position to comment on rumors or speculation."

The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay was set up in 2002 for enemy combatants captured in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said today that five 9/11 terror suspects, including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried in a New York federal court.

President Barack Obama wants the controversial prison closed by January but that deadline will likely be extended.

In any case, the Golden Arches, surrounded by barbed wire, will likely stay for a long time to come to satiate the fast-food appetite of the more than 6,000 who live on the U.S. base.

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