Contrary to online job posting, you don’t need a college degree to work at Mass. McDonald’s

Good news for teenage job seekers: You don’t really need a college degree to work at a Massachusetts McDonald’s.

A report buzzing around the Internet Thursday claimed the McDonald’s restaurant in Winchendon had posted an opening for a cashier position that said applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and two years experience.

No, they do not.

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“We do not require a bachelor’s degree for employment,” said Joe Ruscito, owner of the Winchendon fast-food outlet, in a statement. “My organization is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work force.”

The bogus posting for the McDonald’s position was listed by an independent job search site called www.jobdiagnosis.com. A spokesman for the site’s owner, VHMnetwork LLC, confirmed the posting contained inaccurate information.

The listing has since been corrected, but not before it was picked up by some news outlets, including the online versions of the New York Daily News and Britain’s Daily Mail, which called it “a frightening example of how competitive the job market is for young people right now.”

The Washington Examiner — which also ran with the false story — quoted Evan Feinberg, president of Generation Opportunity, as saying young Americans were being hurt by the economy “even worse than the country overall.”

“Sadly we’ve taxed-and-spent our way to an economy in which there’s intense competition for just about any job,” Feinberg said.