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Have You Seen This? McDonald's training video from '80s is pure gold

Posted February 20

PLAYLAND — If you’ve ever worked a job that required you to watch training videos, you know what a drudgery it can be.

D-list actors drone on stiffly while canned music takes you on a journey to a brain-dead stupor. We won’t even talk about the video or editing quality.

But it seems that not all training videos are created equal, especially if you were producing training videos for the fast-food chain McDonald’s in the ’80s. The creator of this particular video, which I assume is called “Clean It,” was truly inspired when he created the most upbeat video probably ever made about cleaning.

I can’t clearly say if Weird Al Yankovic’s “Eat It” came first or if McDonald’s “Clean It” training video came first, but it’s safe to say that they are neck-in-neck when in competition for the best parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” The one edge the training video has is the Michael Jackson lookalike in a jumpsuit uniform with shortened hems who is inspecting the cleaning abilities of the employees as they dance in perfect sync.

If working at McDonald’s in the ’80s is as fun as it looks in this video, sign me up to be a McDonald’s employee as soon as we get around to inventing time machines. In case that never happens, feel free to use this song to inspire your kids to do their chores instead of the insipid cleanup song from “Barney & Friends.”

This video was first posted on YouTube in 2013, but resurfacing classics never go out of style.

Martha Ostergar is a writer who delights in the ridiculous that internet serves up, which means she's more than grateful that she gets to cruise the web for amazing videos to write about. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.

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