McDonald’s is advertising for staff to work at Guantánamo Bay, in what might be the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to see out the recession in warmer climes.
By Matthew Moore
Published: 12 Nov 2009
The burger chain is looking to hire an assistant manager for its outlet at the military base on Cuba where the US holds foreign terrorist suspects.
The sole McDonald’s branch on the communist island has featured in news reports about the controversial prison, with interrogators allegedly buying Big Macs and fries in an attempt to make captives more amenable.
The restaurant is located within the perimeter of the naval base on the southern coast of Cuba and caters for the 6,000 people – sailors, guards and their families – who call it home.
Despite the sensitive work carried out at the camp the advert does not demand that applicants have security clearance. In fact it does not mention Guantánamo Bay by name at all.
“We are searching for an Assistant Manager for our McDonald’s restaurant located on the United Stated Naval base in Cuba,” reads the posting on one of the chain’s job websites.
“Candidates must have restaurant Management experience, possess a valid United States passport, and be willing to relocate to Cuba.”
Successful applicants will work five days a week on rotating shifts.
In one of his first acts as president Barack Obama promised to close down the Guantánamo Bay prison, which was one of the most criticised elements of George W Bush’s war on terror.
But Mr Obama’s efforts have been stymied by difficulties in relocating the 221 remaining prisoners, and his Jan 22 deadline to shut the prison is expected to slip.
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