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Getting a job at McDonald's now involves passing a bizarre, subjective quiz about football and the elderly

It used to be your ability to flip burgers and operate a till that was called into question when interviewing for a position at a McDonald's restaurant, but now the process involves navigating a minefield of arbitrary questions about morality and altruism.

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