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01 Dec 2011 10:17


Biz: McDonald’s, Burger King turn on a dime to beat Happy Meal law

  • problem In San Francisco, it’s now illegal to include free toys in fast-food meals that don’t meet certain standards for nutrition. This is a problem for McDonald’s, which sells a lot of Happy Meals for this reason.
  • workaround So … rather than just get rid of the toys altogether, at least two fast-food outlets — McDonald’s and Burger King — plan to simply charge a tiny nominal fee for the toys. One dime. Boom. source

18 Nov 2011 15:29


Biz: McDonald’s drops egg supplier after gruesome video release

  • This is a warning that there is a systemic problem, not just at one barn or one location.
  • Former FDA food safety chief David Acheson • Discussing the situation at Sparboe Farms, the main producer of McDonald’s eggs — well, until now. See, thanks in large part to an undercover video shot by animal rights organization Mercy for Animals (which will air on ABC News’ “20/20” and “World News Tonight” Friday night), the company dropped the egg supplier. According to the company, “the behavior on tape is disturbing and completely unacceptable.” If you have the stomach for it, you can see the video over here, but it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s as bad as you’d expect, considering the buildup. source

15 Oct 2011 14:47


U.S.: Brutal incident at NYC McDonald’s: Self-defense or unchecked violence?

  • There is video of this on YouTube. We’re linking it instead of posting it, because it’s that violent and difficult to watch. Here’s what happened: Two customers got unruly after a McDonald’s employee wouldn’t give them their food until he could check the $50 bill they handed over. The customers started slapping him, and then jumped over the counter to confront him. What these unruly customers didn’t know is that the employee, Rayon McIntosh, recently got out of jail for manslaughter, and the incident set him off. He got a hold of a metal pole and started beating them savagely. One of the customers suffered a broken arm and fractured skull. The result? Both the customers and McIntosh got charged, in McIntosh’s case with felony assault. The chain and franchise owner have both come out against McIntosh’s actions, but the video itself seems to support a reasonable cause for self-defense, even if McIntosh’s own reaction was too heavy-handed (to put it lightly). Watch the video and see what you think. source

30 Oct 2010 22:12


Politics: McDonald’s franchisee regretting telling workers how to vote

  • If the right people are elected, we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected, we will not.
  • A message distributed with paychecks at a Canton, Ohio McDonald’s • Telling employees to vote for the GOP – or else. The dude who sent out the note with the paychecks was called out for it, for good reason, but he gave one of those non-apology apologies which are in vogue nowadays. “Distributing this communication was an error of judgment on my part,” said a statement from franchisee Paul Siegfried. “Please know it was never my intention to offend anyone. For those that I have offended, I sincerely apologize.” Protip: Don’t disenfranchise voters by threatening to cut (or limit) their benefits. It’ll bite you in the ass. source

28 Oct 2010 22:23


Biz: Get rich quick scheme: Suing McDonald’s for making you fat

  • 12 x 65 = the number of years a Brazilian McDonald’s employee worked at the restaurant, and the number of pounds he gained while working there
  • $17,500 the size of the judgment for the Brazilian, who should have a Marie Claire article written about how ugly he is any day now source

10 Aug 2010 23:09


Offbeat: Woman has insane overreaction over Chicken McNuggets

  • Look, sometimes you’re hungry. Sometimes you’re emotional. Sometimes you really want some Chicken McNuggets. Sometimes you have to hit an employee. And sometimes you have to smash a window or two. Fair enough. source

04 Jun 2010 10:57


Biz: Shrek glasses: The latest thing that could make you sick

These McDonald’s glasses contain cadmium, a toxic metal, so the company’s recalling a couple of them. And by a couple, we mean 12 million. source

28 May 2010 19:31


Biz: Indulgent burger joints like Five Guys apparently recession-proof

  • Five guys: The presidential sealBoth Barack and Michele Obama have been seen noshing on burgers from Five Guys, the 600-strong national chain that prides itself in really good burgers and fries. Too good in fact, some might argue.

    Part of a larger trendEven though Fuddruckers is in the midst of a bankruptcy and the economy in general is tanking, Five Guys is reflecting a trend towards bigger, better burgers. In fact, it’s one of the only growing segments of the restaurant industry. Maybe McDonald’s should consider bringing back the Arch Deluxe. source

28 Apr 2010 20:30


Biz: McDonald’s not very happy with Santa Clara County right now

  • What happened?Santa Clara County, Calif., decided they had enough of the Happy Meal convincing kids to eat crappy food by teasing them with a cheap toy, so they banned selling crappy food with toys inside. “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes,” the county supervisor claimed.

    healthy food excluded The ordinance really only limits restaurants from giving away toys with crappy food. If your meal has less than 485 calories, 600 milligrams of sodium, 35 percent of calories from fat and 10 percent of calories from sugar, you’re golden.

    Grace period Restaurants have a little over 100 days to make changes to their menus. source

19 Apr 2010 21:27


Biz: Our latest AOL News article takes on the Egg McMuffin

  • Last week, McDonald’s told the Humane Society to shove it. They wanted the fast food titan to make a modest change to the living standards of egg-laying hens. But the company’s board said no. Why? Our latest AOL News article examines the issues behind a major animal rights fight. (Image courtesy Farm Sanctuary) source