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  • McDonald's acquires Israeli-founded Apprente to accelerate drive-thrus

    09/12/2019 6:20:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 12, 2019 | Eytan Halon
    Apprente staff, which includes employees with PhDs in machine learning and computational linguistics, will become part of McDonald's Global Technology team following the acquisition. American fast food giant McDonald’s Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire Apprente, a Silicon Valley start-up founded by Israelis that specializes in conversational voice-based technology. The acquisition of the company, McDonald’s said, will “allow for faster, simpler and more accurate ordering at the Drive-Thru,” and could be incorporated into mobile ordering and kiosks in the future. No financial details were disclosed regarding the acquisition of the company, which has raised $4.8 million in two...
  • McDonald’s to buy Israeli-founded startup to bring voice tech to drive-thrus

    09/15/2019 3:44:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/12/19 | Shoshana Solomon
    Apprente, based in Silicon Valley, has developed a tech to automate voice orders supporting many languages and accents McDonald’s Corporation has entered an agreement to buy Israeli-founded, Silicon Valley based startup Apprente, “a leader in the field of conversational voice-based technology,” the fast food giant said in a statement Tuesday. The technology will allow for “faster and simpler and more accurate ordering” through speech at McDonald’s drive-thru stations, the statement said. According to the deal, Apprente’s employees will become part of the US firm’s global technology team. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Apprente team – made up of workers...
  • Just When You Think McDonald’s Couldn’t Get More Mechanical…

    09/11/2019 1:40:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The idea behind fast food is speed and efficiency. When it comes to fast-food chains, McDonald’s is always on the cutting edge of getting people fed quickly—too quickly, some say. In the rush to gobble down food, much of the joy of eating is lost. Fast food is a soulless commodity that neglects the spiritual appreciation of flavor and taste. It can turn what should be a dining place into a biological fueling station. The bad news is that it has just gotten worse. Just when you think the fast-food giant has reached a peak of efficiency, it comes out...
  • McDonald’s acquires A.I. company to help automate the drive-thru, its third tech deal this year

    09/10/2019 6:46:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 10, 2019 | Amelia Licas
    McDonald’s said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire a company that is trying to automate the drive-thru. It’s the fast-food giant’s third tech-focused deal this year. Apprente, a Silicon Valley company founded in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to understand drive-thru orders, which could cut down on service times. McDonald’s said the technology also could be used someday in its self-order kiosks and mobile app. The Chicago-based company said it evaluated Apprente’s technology in McDonald’s test restaurants.
  • McDonald's Just Got Some Surprising New Competition From A Company That's Suddenly A Huge Threat

    09/10/2019 5:29:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies
    Inc. Magazine ^ | September 10, 2019 | Chris Matyszczyk
    The trouble with too many fast-food restaurants is that they're often so close together. It's like car dealers who line up in auto malls, waiting for customers to greet each brand in turn, as if it's a wedding line. With the fast-food joints, rivals can see what the competition is doing by just looking out of the window. Which makes me wonder what the staff at McDonald's are going to be thinking next year. You see, one of McDonald's peskier rivals -- Wendy's -- just announced that it's going to start doing something that may seem a touch obvious. It's...
  • Oklahoma man, 37, arrested after he 'raped a four-year-old girl in a McDonald's restroom..

    09/04/2019 1:56:33 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/4/19 | AP
    Midwest City police say a day care worker knocked on the locked bathroom door at 7025 SE 15th Street on Tuesday after the girl didn't return promptly A police affidavit says a man eventually came out and said: 'I was just washing my hands' The child told workers the man, identified as Joshua David Kabatra, sexually assaulted her Kabatra told police that he had felt sick and threw up in the bathroom sink while the girl was on the toilet He remains jailed in Oklahoma City, and court records don't list an attorney who can speak on his behalf A...
  • 'Fast' food: Customer claims she was tossed from Little Falls McDonald's after 34 minutes

    08/30/2019 11:36:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    CBS ^ | AUG, 26, 2019 | CBS
    LITTLE FALLS - Many restaurants promise fast service. But, according to one local customer, a Herkimer County restaurant promotes speed eating, with a 30-minute time limit for dine-in customers. "In 60+ years I've never been thrown out of a public restaurant until yesterday. The local Little Falls, NY, McDonald's has a new policy to evict customers after 30 minutes. 3 of us having coffee and lunch following Sunday Mass were asked to leave the restaurant after 34 minutes. Another table of 4 women were also evicted. The dining room was essentially cleared," said Jane Malin in a public Facebook post...
  • WATCH: Enraged Customer Hurls Equipment at McDonald’s Employees

    08/26/2019 3:43:06 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/26/19 | By Amy Furr
    A McDonald’s customer threw restaurant equipment at employees after she was reportedly told they were out of ice cream. Video footage of the incident shows customers quickly exiting the building as the unnamed woman grabs equipment and hurls it at employees standing behind the counter. One of the employees fights back by tossing a large silver cup dispenser at the woman, who picks it up and throws it at them.
  • Muslim ..“If you don’t believe in God, I’ll kill you all” hits random man on head with machete

    08/25/2019 12:28:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 25 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | AUG 24, 2019 9:00 AM | ROBERT SPENCER
    UK: Muslim screaming “If you don’t believe in God, I’ll kill you all” hits random man on head with machete AUG 24, 2019 9:00 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER Sy was also screaming “In the name of Allah.” Jonathan Sharp, of the CPS, said: “Daouda Sy was a regular user of the street drug Spice and was well aware of the effect it had on him, having already been prosecuted for brandishing an axe whilst under its influence in March 2018.” Jonathan Sharp, of the CPS, did not address the fact that Sy screamed that his victim “did not believe in...
  • Florida man hits McDonald's drive-thru worker for taking too long, police say

    LEESBURG, Fla. - A Florida man got out of the car he was in and hit a McDonald's drive-thru employee in the face because he didn't receive his food fast enough, according to the Leesburg Police Department. The victim said Sherman Lee Brown was in the passenger's seat of his girlfriend's silver Ford Focus at about 3:20 a.m. on July 30 when he started getting angry about how long they'd been in the drive-thru line. He got out of the Focus and began yelling at the occupants of the vehicle in front of his. When the Focus got to the...
  • McDonald's new paper straws aren't recyclable - but its axed plastic ones were

    08/09/2019 3:46:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/05/19 | Rob Picheta
    London (CNN) - McDonald's has reportedly admitted that its new paper straws, rolled out last year to help "protect the environment," can't be recycled - unlike the plastic versions they replaced. **SNIP** But the fast food giant acknowledged on Monday that the new versions are too thick to be processed by its recyclers. "While the materials are recyclable, their current thickness makes it difficult for them to be processed by our waste solution providers, who also help us recycle our paper cups," a McDonald's spokesman told the UK's Press Association news agency.
  • McDonalds employee fired after turning away paramedics, thinking they were cops

    08/02/2019 2:08:14 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 51 replies
    Law Enforcement Today ^ | August 2, 2019 | LET Staff
    Must Reads, News, Investigations, Law and Legal, Featured, Patrol You know you've reached a new low in life when you get fired from McDonalds.  And that's just what happened to an employee in Madeira Beach, Florida this week. Here's the back story. A McDonalds employee turned away paramedics Wednesday night, originally thinking they were cops. It came to light after Anthony Quinn, a paramedic with Sun Star Inc., wrote a Facebook review of the Madeira Beach McDonald's that he and his partner were denied service at the restaurant. In it, he said he went in to use the bathroom when the...
  • I ordered the same meal at a McDonald's in Moscow and New York City, and the Russian (shortened)

    07/28/2019 1:29:08 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 86 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 23, 2019 | Katie Warren
    The USSR got its first McDonald's in January 1990. On a recent trip to Russia, I visited the fast-food restaurant in Moscow. I found that the Moscow location of the fast-food restaurant was a step up from its counterparts in the US. The ordering process was streamlined, the food tasted fresher and more flavorful, and the space was cleaner. On January 31, 1990, more than 30,000 people waited in line in the cold for hours to eat at the very first McDonald's in the USSR. Now, the American fast-food chain has at least 650 locations throughout the country. McDonald's is...
  • 4-year-old allegedly raped in McDonald's bathroom, police investigating

    07/19/2019 7:13:15 AM PDT · by bgill · 60 replies
    fox25 ^ | July 18, 2019 | Melissa Scavelli
    Police are investigating after a 4-year-old said she was raped by a man in a McDonald's bathroom during a day care center field trip July 16. Brandon Clables, the Midwest City police chief told Fox 25, "Apparently he had gone inside the bathroom where the little girl was, and at that point he had molested the child." Day care employees told police a 4-year-old girl had gone to the bathroom in the play area of McDonald's on the 7000 block of SE 15th St. The care-takers said they noticed the girl was gone for a while and went to check...
  • Reputed Mob Boss' Own Son Accused Of Ordering Hit On Him At McDonald's Drive-Thru

    06/25/2019 4:56:06 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 67 replies ^ | 6/24/2019 | Gina Tron
    The son of an alleged New York City mobster who was shot to death at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx in October is accused of calling a hit on his own dad. Sylvester Zottola, 71, an alleged Bonanno crime family associate, was found inside his vehicle riddled with gunshots just before 5 p.m. Thursday, according to police. His car was boxed in when a gunman opened fire, sources told The New York Post in the fall. He had reportedly just ordered a coffee when he was shot. The murder came just months after his son survived an apparent hit....
  • New item on McDonald's menu (humour)

    06/16/2019 8:24:03 AM PDT · by Signalman · 20 replies
    6/16/2019 | self
    I saw this on a jokes website the other day. McDonald's has a new item on the menu. It's called the "Socialist Value Meal" You order anything you want...and the guy in line behind you has to pay for it.
  • Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

    06/15/2019 3:53:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2019 | Meg Kinnard
    Four Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year’s primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time, Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke all stressed the need to increase access to capital for black business owners as part of a broader effort to address wealth inequality. Warren expounded on what she’s called...
  • McDonald’s Worldwide Favorites menu is a greasy, putrid trash fire

    06/05/2019 5:29:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 76 replies
    NYPost ^ | June 5, 2019
    McDonald’s new Worldwide Favorites menu — a roundup of the chains alleged top hits abroad — proves that the world’s worse off than we knew. Each of five items, launched this week and inspired by different countries, is awful in its own way. But hideous qualities they all share make it convenient to flush the whole lot down the toilet at once — ghastly flavors, sickly mouth feel and industrial-tasting sauces. If, as McDonald’s boasts, “Around the world is now around the corner,” no one should leave their house. Stroopwafel McFlurry ($3.09) Tomato Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich ($5.99) Tomato Mozzarella Crunchy...
  • Julian Castro joins McDonald’s strikers in North Carolina

    05/23/2019 11:59:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2019 | Amanda Morris
    Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald’s restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers’ efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure other protections. Nearly all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have expressed support for the idea that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour, and several were joining actions around the country Thursday. The McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting is also Thursday in Dallas. Striking cooks and cashiers planned to travel to the shareholder meeting, where they’ll attend a video town hall hosted by Sen. Bernie...
  • McDonald's touts its new sexual harassment training and hotline. 'Nothing has changed,'

    05/22/2019 4:43:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 21, 2019 | Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
    McDonald’s has responded to mounting complaints about sexual harassment with employee training programs and a new anonymous reporting hotline. The Chicago-based fast-food chain sent a letter Monday to Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth detailing its efforts, in response to a letter Duckworth sent the company in December expressing her concerns about multiple sexual harassment complaints made by its restaurant employees.