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  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Single Mom Takes On McDonald’s in Wage Fight [instead of getting better job skills and a husband]

    12/17/2014 2:53:48 PM PST · by grundle · 105 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Elise Solé
    She’s a mom on a mission. A single mother-of-two from the Los Angeles neighborhood of South Central recently went on strike against her employer McDonald’s. Maribel makes $9.35 per hour working as a server but that’s not enough to support her family (she shares a home with 10 other people including her children, grandmother, and niece). “I need fifteen to buy my babies diapers, their wipies, their clothes,” she explains. “Its hard with nine dollars per hour — you can’t do that. It’s really hard to pay rent.” On December 4, Maribel, along with a large group seeking $15 per...
  • What Ferguson Protesters Did To A Slain Police Officer Will Infuriate You

    12/14/2014 10:45:18 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 26 replies
    tpnn.com ^ | 12/14/14 | By Kristina Hall
    What Ferguson Protesters Did To A Slain Police Officer Will Infuriate You By Kristina Hall Officer Jeremy Henwood was shot and killed while sitting in his police cruiser just moments after he bought a young boy his meal at McDonald’s, because the young man couldn’t afford it. Officer Henwood was a decorated HERO who served several tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine combat veteran. In those final moments when he took his wallet out and helped a boy from his community, it truly showed just what kind of man he was. After purchasing the young...
  • McDonald's is bringing touchscreen ordering to the US

    12/09/2014 5:36:08 PM PST · by outofsalt · 108 replies
    Engadget via MSN ^ | 12/9/14 | Daniel Cooper
    It turns out that people aren't eating as many McHamburgers as they used to, which is a big problem if your business is all about slinging meat. So McDonald's is hoping the novelty of its "Create Your Taste" ordering kiosks will lure some customers back in. The machines will be installed in 2,000 of its US outlets by the end of 2015.
  • McDonald's Says No to Simplot's GMO Potato

    11/15/2014 3:28:37 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 128 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 15, 2014 | The Associated Press
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices," the company said in a statement.
  • California woman is charged with fraud after she uses injury photos from the Internet

    11/15/2014 12:20:27 AM PST · by dennisw · 14 replies
    dailymail ^ | 15 November | Pete D'amato
    California woman is charged with fraud after she 'uses injury photos from the Internet' to claim she was severely burned by McDonald's coffee Selena Edwards, 38, of Victorville claimed she was burned on the hand by coffee from a McDonald's drive-through and was seeking $10,000 Photos submitted were taken from a hospital website, according to a state official investigating Edwards for fraud Edwards faces 21 counts of insurance fraud and workers' compensation fraud It was a case that echoed another famous lawsuit against McDonald's 20 years ago, but investigators are claiming this one's a phony. Selena Edwards, 38, of Victorville...
  • Blacks Behaving Badly? ... Or Philly Breakfast-Menu Brawl Staged by McDonald's?

    11/13/2014 12:04:15 PM PST · by Adam Taxin · 73 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/13/14 | Adam Taxin
    VETERAN FREEPER BUT BEEN OUT OF TOUCH LATELY ... WOULD LOVE TO GET FREEPER FEEDBACK IF MY THEORY ON THIS VIDEO MAKES SENSE ... Plenty of you have heard about or watched that bizarre breakfast brawl at the McDonald's in the City of Brotherly Love. Let's keep it real. Blacks Behaving Badly videos do really well on youtube and people make money off them. Black people watch them on World Star Hip-Hop and are like "dammmmmnnnn, girlfriend, you see this s--t?" ...
  • VIDEO: Man Stabs McDonald’s Employee After Argument Over Closing Time

    11/13/2014 12:00:49 PM PST · by mykroar · 22 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 11/13/14 | Steve Beck
    Philadelphia Police are searching for a man who stabbed a McDonald’s employee after an argument over the store’s closing time.The entire altercation was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras.The incident happened at about 11 p.m. on November 3rd inside the McDonald’s Restaurant located at 2851 Grays Ferry Avenue. The suspect and a companion were eating inside the restaurant when they were told the dining area was closing and they were asked to leave. The suspect became irate and began to argue with several employees. The suspect then followed one of the employees outside and continued to argue. When the employee...
  • What IS the McRib made of? New McDonald's video shows how they make the boneless, preformed patty

    11/04/2014 5:54:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 4, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    Likened to 'packing foam' and 'gray IKEA furniture' the McDonald's McRib patty came under scrutiny last year after one was photographed on the production line minus sauce and pickles. But now the fast food giant is hoping to get people 'lovin" its seasonal treat again by showing exactly how the boneless, preformed morsel is made. A new behind-the-scenes video takes viewers inside the Lopez Foods production facility in Oklahoma City where giant chunks of pork are ground down - no packing foam in sight.
  • [Excerpted Satire/Gag piece] McDonald’s Drops $15.00 “Living” Wage Bomb

    11/03/2014 6:47:05 AM PST · by YankeeReb · 73 replies
    Universalfreepress News blog ^ | September 8, 2014 | Rlgrimes
    In a surprise move CEO Donald Thompson of McDonald’s Restaurants announced they had reached an agreement with the SEIU and would start paying its workers a “Living Wage” of $15.00 per hour the first of October. Mr. Thompson issued a press release stating, “As a company we realize we have been negligent in paying our employees a real living wage for the last 60 years, so in the spirit of social well-being, we have decided to comply with the wishes of the White House and the SEIU.” The Service Employees International Union spokesman, Seymour Pecunia, said that he “was very...
  • What happens when you feed "food experts" McDonalds?

    10/22/2014 5:18:01 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 86 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-22-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Here's what "food experts" have to say when they taste McDonalds under the pretense that it's organic food. (my favorite is the woman who says it tastes "more pure") Pretentious BS. I've thought this about so-called "foodies" for a long time now.It's food. Sure, there's good food and bad food, but we're in a bad place when people try to over-intellectualize it the way the people above and all of these chef reality shows do. We're basically treating food the same way we do abstract art now (half the time fancy restaurants even serve plates that look like it)If you...
  • McDonald’s CEO outlines changes as sales slide

    10/21/2014 6:55:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 128 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 2014 6:11 PM EDT | Candice Choi
    After posting yet another disappointing quarter, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn’t been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants. Thompson said that starting in January, McDonald’s will “simplify” its menu to make room for restaurants to offer options that are best-suited for their regions. To offer greater customization, he also said the company planned to expand its “Create Your Taste” offering that lets people pick the buns and toppings they want on burgers by tapping a touchscreen. The program is currently being offered in Southern California, and McDonald’s...
  • FL: Gun Taken from Victim, Suspects Arrested

    09/23/2014 10:20:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In this unusual Florida case, the two suspects are said to have attacked an armed citizen who was in his car, to have taken his gun, and fled the scene.   It all happened at a McDonald's drive-through, when the victim honked at the attackers who were ahead of him and who had received their order, but had not driven off.   From myfoxtampabay.com: Police say the Gregory Fulham got out of the car, went to the driver's side of the car behind them and started punching the man, who had pulled a gun from his glovebox. Police say Kevin Fulham...
  • McDonald's Is Quietly Copying Chipotle's Strategy ("Customization")

    09/12/2014 12:06:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Trove ^ | September 6, 2014 | Ashley Lutz, Business Insider
    McDonald's just expanded a test for burgers that are 100% customizable. The brand hopes the strategy, which is currently in four restaurants in San Diego, California, could help attract a younger crowd and revive lagging sales. Many analysts believe that the customization will soon become widespread at McDonald's and allow it to better compete with fast-casual competitors like Chipotle. Chipotle is largely successful because the ingredients for its burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads are entirely selected by customers, who increasingly crave tailored options and high-quality ingredients. Dominique Zamora at Foodbeast tried out the process, which also has elements of fast-casual...
  • The Enterprise Of Maligning Enterprise (And The Clergy Who Make Matters Worse)

    09/06/2014 11:16:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 7, 2014 | Austin Hill
    "MCDonalds Mcdonalds, can't you see...Seven-forty is not for me..." The chant, recited through a megaphone, was being led by a man identifed as a Christian Pastor ("Reverend Charles" we'll call him), near a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit last week. Dozens of people in the parking lot uttered the chant with him, as the crowd sought to malign McDonalds restaurants while at the same time demanding a $15.00 per hour wage. "They want fifteen, they want a union, they want to be organized" Pastor Charles told the tv news crews. "The McDonalds corporation should allow that to happen immediately." The illogic...
  • Study finds that home-cooking disproportionately burdens mothers (consider the source)

    09/07/2014 1:47:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | September 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM EDT | Charles Pulliam-Moore
    A team of researchers at North Carolina State University published a study challenging the idea that home-cooked meals are ultimately “better” for the family as a whole. […] Their time spent accompanying parents shuttling children to checkups, grocery shopping, and, of course, preparing food, led the team to a set of real world conclusions at odds with stereotypical parenting wisdom. For all of the health benefits associated with food prepared at home, the task presented parents, particularly mothers, with a slew of economic and interpersonal stressors. “One could say that home-cooked meals have become the hallmark of good mothering, stable...
  • Here's What the Owner of the Oldest Operating McDonald's Has to Say About Minimum Wage

    09/04/2014 4:15:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 86 replies
    The Wire ^ | September 4, 2014 | Adam Chandler
    Sixty-one years ago last month, the third-ever McDonald's opened in Downey, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles and home to Apollo, the third-ever NASA manned spaceflight program. McDonald's went to 119 countries from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Apollo went to the moon. A man who witnessed much of this history is Ron Piazza, who owns the landmark McDonald's in Downey —the world's oldest-operating McDonald's— along with nine other golden-arched franchises in the area. Piazza is something of a throwback. Plainspoken and serious, he is the type of business owner whose name and phone number are printed at the...
  • Fast Food Workers in for Big Surprise

    09/04/2014 3:46:52 PM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 42 replies
    6foot2inhighheelshoes.com ^ | Sept. 4, 2014 | Melissa Dawdy
    Sept 4, 2014  Statistically, minimum wage earners tend to be young, and don't have the experience or knowledge to predict the outcome of a federally mandated $15 minimum wage. If they understood the incentives of corporate  investors, inventors, endemic Washington cronyism, or even basic economics, they might think twice about doing "whatever it takes". One of the interesting things about life is that no matter how backwards our culture or government is, technology marches on, and the latest foot soldier is this: (picture at http://www.6foot2inhighheelshoes.com) Along with automated credit card kiosks, fast food is about to change, and probably for...
  • Civil Disobedience Expected In Fast Food Pay Fight

    09/02/2014 6:22:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 2,2014 | Candice Choi
    NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.
  • Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

    09/01/2014 3:14:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 107 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 5:55 PM EDT | Candice Choi
    McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry’s workers. Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said in an interview that workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week’s planned protests. Fells declined to say what exactly is in store for the protests in around 150 U.S. cities. But workers involved in the movement recently cited sit-ins as an example of strategies they...
  • Russia Shuts Moscow McDonald's Restaurants

    08/20/2014 10:09:48 AM PDT · by McGruff · 26 replies
    Sky News ^ | 8/20/2014
    Russia's food safety watchdog has suspended operations at four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over alleged sanitary law breaches.
  • Beaten to Death at McDonald’s: A racial attack the media chose to ignore.

    08/20/2014 7:30:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/20/2014 | David Paulin
    It had seemed to the four clean-cut college freshman that night like a typical McDonald’s: spanking clean, well-lighted, and safe. It was in a good neighborhood too, right next to Texas A&M University in College Station – a campus known for its friendly atmosphere and official down-home greeting: “howdy” Out on a double date, the two couples pulled into the parking lot of so-called “University McDonald’s” shortly after 2 a.m. that Sunday – and beheld a scene unlike anything portrayed in all those wholesome McDonald’s television commercials. Before them, hundreds of young black males were loitering about, some without shirts.Other...
  • McDonald’s Replacing Cashiers With Machines?

    08/09/2014 6:33:37 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 117 replies
    © Copyright 2008-2014, Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:45pm | Kemberlee Kaye
    McDonald’s employees who picketed for a better living wage (whatever that means) may come to regret that decision.... a McDonald’s in Illinois replaced their cashiers with machines. The machines appear to be the cousins of the ones found in grocery stores, big box stores, and CVS that allow customers to complete transactions... This is all basic economics, really. As costs of labor increase the added cost must be offset. In order to satisfy operating costs, produce a product consumers want to purchase, and still turn a profit, it’s perfectly reasonable for a company like McDonald’s to look for cost-cutting alternatives.......
  • Man Who Takes His Hospital Gurney Through McDonald’s Drive-Thru Shows Us What Dedication

    08/08/2014 5:18:56 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | august 8, 2014
    Some people will do anything to satisfy a craving. One of those people is this man, who rode his bed through the McDonald’s drive through. A couple spotted the man, strapped face down down to an electrical gurney, driving himself across a busy street towards McDonald’s.
  • McDonald's July sales fell more than expected

    08/08/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 8, 2014 | Staff
    McDonald's on Friday reported July sales results that were much worse than analysts had expected. Following the report, the company's shares traded lower. The fast-food giant reported global same-store sales fell 2.5 percent, compared with the 1.1 percent drop forecast by Consensus Metrix. The dismal results prompted Janney Capital Markets to lower its estimates for the fast-food giant. Its analysts said the results "were the worst worldwide month in the last 10 years, once trading-day adjustments are taken into account."
  • The cashiers at this McDonald's were replaced by machines.(Romeoville, IL.)$15.00 an hour?

    08/06/2014 5:33:32 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 52 replies
    Imgur ^ | 8/6/2014 | Imgur
  • The Feds Could Kill Off The Entire Franchise System, Not Just McDonald's

    08/05/2014 10:05:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/05/2014 | Tim Worstall
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made a very strange decision last week to rule that McDonald's MCD -0.23% the corporation, was a joint employer of the staff in the franchised restaurants. It was, of course, at the urging of those labour activists who would like to union organise in the sector. Dealing with one national company is obviously going to be easier than dealing with thousands of independent business owners. There’s a number of problems with this decision ranging from the way that it overturns what has long thought to be settled law, to it obviating already signed contracts...
  • 3 climb through McDonald's drive-through window in St. Paul during fight, charges say

    08/02/2014 5:59:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-1-14 | Richard Chin
    In a decidedly unhappy meal, three men were charged with first-degree burglary after they climbed through a McDonald's restaurant drive-through window and fought with employees, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court. The three also were accused of third-degree riot for the benefit of a gang in the incident early July 24. According to the criminal complaint: The three -- Willie Charles Lassiter, 18, St. Paul; Evan Kasadine McMillan, 18, St. Paul; and Keith Lamar Garrett Jr., 20 -- were in an SUV at the McDonald's at 1388 E. Maryland Ave. when they argued with a 24-year-old employee...
  • Jury awards parents $27 million in McDonald's negligence lawsuit

    07/31/2014 4:24:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Bryan Eagle ^ | 7/30/2014 | Maggie Kiely
    A Brazos County jury on Wednesday awarded a $27 million in a lawsuit against McDonald’s relating to the 2012 deaths of two Blinn College students.Jurors found McDonald’s negligence to be 97 percent responsible for the deaths of Denton Ward, 18, of Flower Mound, and Lauren Bailey Crisp, 19, of Flower Mound, both of whom died in the early morning hours of Feb. 18, 2012. The remaining 3 percent of liability was laid on the men who violently attacked Ward and his friend, Tanner Giesen, 21, in the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 801 University Drive. The jury’s verdict reflects...
  • McDonald’s Japan just released Tofu Nuggets, and they taste…

    07/31/2014 10:43:27 AM PDT · by chajin · 38 replies
    RocketNews24 ^ | 07/31/2014 | Philip Kendall
    Just days after the taking Chicken McNuggets off its menu in the light of the China food scandal, McDonald’s Japan has unveiled a brand new, rather unusual product: Tofu Shinjo Nuggets and Ginger Sauce, a combination of bean curd, fish and vegetables shaped into bite-size pieces and deep-fried. Turning to tofu–a food that has long been a favourite in Japan and known for its health benefits–is certainly a wise move, and McDonald’s is undoubtedly in need of something new to entice customers back with, but while we’ve no doubt all craved deep-fried chicken at some point in our lives, we’d...
  • Disenfranchising Franchises: The National Labor relations Board Goes After McDonald's

    07/31/2014 7:34:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/31/2014 | The Editors
    Another day, another radical move from the Obama administration. In a big win for the more opportunistic corners of the organized-labor movement, the National Labor Relations Board decided this week that, in a range of labor cases involving McDonald’s, it will consider the corporate parents of franchise businesses liable for the labor agreements reached between franchises and their employees. The NLRB has maintained otherwise for 30 years, refusing to consider corporations with franchises to be part of a “joint employer” arrangement. Why decide that corporations are employers of employees whom they don’t hire, don’t pay, and can’t fire? Because the...
  • ISTOOK: Get ready for super-priced burgers due to NLRB decree

    07/30/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 89 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | Ernest Istook
    Once again, one man has dictated a major change of federal law that can cost American families dearly. It may double the price of your Big Mac, Whopper, fried chicken, donuts or other purchases at your local fast-food restaurant. Where’s the beef coming from? Surprise! This time it’s neither President Obama nor Attorney General Eric Holder who is twisting the law like a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. It’s Obama appointee Richard Griffin, the president’s hand-picked choice for the all-powerful position as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Mr. Griffin has declared that millions of Americans who work...
  • McDonald's Could Be Liable for Labor Practices ("Joint employer," Obama's NLRB jumps the shark)

    07/29/2014 11:13:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | July 29, 2014 | Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer
    McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants. The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that the world's biggest hamburger chain could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald's Corp. to liability for management practices in those locations. It also comes as protests for higher pay have captured national attention, with labor groups calling for pay of $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Organizers had been pushing to get McDonald's named as a joint employer at...
  • Caught on Camera: Woman brutally attacked in front of son (by McDonald's worker w/ pic in burka)

    07/25/2014 5:02:10 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 30 replies
    MY Fox Philly ^ | July 25, 2014 | Fox News
    Sick film of a McDonald's worker wearing burka hood beating a customer.
  • Russia: McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

    07/25/2014 4:43:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 5:26 PM EDT
    Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald’s startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company’s now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations. McDonald’s did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The suit comes amid especially high tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Ukraine crisis; the United States has slapped an array of sanctions on Russia over...
  • McDonald’s halts nuggets sales in Hong Kong

    07/24/2014 8:08:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 July 2014 | Last updated at 21:36 ET
    Fast food chain McDonald’s has suspended sale of chicken nuggets and some other products in Hong Kong. It said it had imported chicken and pork from Shanghai Husi Food, the Chinese firm that allegedly supplied out-of-date meat to fast food firms. China has suspended operations of Shanghai Husi after local media reports claimed it reprocessed expired meat. McDonald’s had removed nuggets from its menus at its Japanese outlets earlier this week over the same issue. …
  • McDonald’s in Hong Kong Is Available for Weddings, Receptions and Bridal Showers

    07/19/2014 1:32:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    We think Cheryl Cole’s missed a trick with her quickie wedding on Macaroni Beach in Mustique. Just look at what she could have had – her very own McWedding (Drive Thru or marry in). Yes, McDonald’s has the answer for all those normcore brides out there. Well, at least the ones willing to travel to Hong Kong. The fast food chain has been slowly expanding its wedding party program since 2011 and now boasts 11 restaurants that double up as budget wedding venues, all in Hong Kong. And not only can you have the wedding ceremony there, they’ll also host...
  • McDonald’s Has the Worst Hamburger in the Country, According to New Consumer Reports Study

    07/03/2014 4:09:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 160 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Chelsea Hirsch
    The Habit Burger and In-N-Out lead the pack. Chick-fil-A also has lots to squawk about. Turns out nobody’s loving it. The standard McDonald’s hamburger — the one that claims to satisfy “billions and billions” — finished dead last in a new Consumer Reports taste test. The Hamburglar’s favorite meal earned a score of just 5.8 out of 10 from the magazine’s readers, putting it far behind West Coast chains The Habit Burger Grill and In-N-Out Burger, which scored 8.1 out of 10 and 8 out of 10, respectively. The top fast food burger available locally was Five Guys Burgers and...
  • Police arrest McDonald's worker behind brutal beating of mother caught on video

    07/01/2014 10:14:45 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 73 replies
    UK DailyMail ^ | July 1, 2014 | staff reporter
    The woman who police say viciously attacked a New Jersey mother in front of her two-year-old son has turned herself into authorities. Latia Harris, 25, surrendered to police on Monday night in relation to last week's brutal that was captured on video.
  • Ohio dad criticizes arrest after son skips church, found in nearby store

    06/27/2014 12:52:11 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    An Ohio dad lost his job at McDonald's and may face jail after he reportedly believed his son got on a church van Sunday, but instead, the boy popped up at a nearby Family Dollar store. [....] Williamson was arrested at the scene and could be charged with child endangerment, the report said.
  • Man walks into McDonald’s with knife sticking out of his back

    06/25/2014 4:23:02 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    nypost.com ^ | june 24, 2014 | jamie schram
    A man shocked the breakfast crowd at a Queens McDonald’s Tuesday when he strolled in with a knife stuck in his back while chatting on a cellphone. Andrew Hardy, 53, his shirt drenched in blood, appeared remarkably composed as he paced about the Jamaica restaurant at around 10 a.m., witnesses said. “He was cool and calm. But you could tell he was shaken up,” said Hardy’s pal, Michel Green, 43, of Jamaica. “I went to pull the knife out, but someone said, ‘No, no! It might have hit an artery!’ ” Another customer said Hardy seemed to be saying his final...
  • McDonald’s Invites Chomping Soccer Player Luis Suarez for a Bite

    06/24/2014 6:20:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 24, 2014 | Jack Marshall
    SNIP McDonald’s Uruguay was quick to react to the opportunity with a little “real-time” marketing, inviting Mr. Suarez for a Big Mac hamburger via Twitter. “Hello @luis16suarez, if you are hungry come to have a bite of a big Mac,” a loose translation of the message read. SNIP
  • The breakfast wars

    06/07/2014 2:29:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    QSRWeb.com ^ | June 6, 2014 | Ed Zimmerman
    Up and down the foodservice spectrum, breakfast is heating up. Here are some recent developments: •Taco Bell introduced a breakfast menu trading on ubiquitous locations and a massive promo of the Waffle Taco. The Bell blitzed social media and took direct aim at rival McDonald’s, including an ad campaign making fun of Ronald the clown. •McDonald’s countered with an offer for free morning cup of McCafe and started promoting its McGriddle pancake wrapped breakfast sandwich. •Not to be forgotten, runner up, Burger King took a different approach, and announced it would serve burgers as well as breakfast fare each morning....
  • Protesters target McDonald's headquarters in pay fight

    05/22/2014 6:12:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    ChicagoTribune.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jessica Wohl
    Hundreds of McDonald's workers and community activists staged a protest Wednesday near the fast-food chain's headquarters in Oak Brook, seeking a wage increase to at least $15 per hour for employees.
  • McDonald's introduces terrifying Happy Meal mascot to get kids to eat healthier

    05/20/2014 6:54:02 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    AV Club ^ | 05/19/2014 | By Sean O'Neal
    Having secured its fashionable standing among millennials by giving a clown a vest, McDonald’s has since focused its rebranding efforts on young children, in the hopes that—through the fresh repurposing of trademark properties and targeted marketing—it can somehow get them to want colorful boxes full of toys and hamburgers. To that end, today it’s introducing American kids to “Happy,” a character and “ambassador for balanced and wholesome eating.” As part of promoting that healthy diet, Happy will terrify children into never eating McDonald’s again. “Happy” is an animated Happy Meal box who was first introduced in 2009 in France, a...
  • I’m making $21 an hour at McDonald’s. Why aren’t you?

    05/16/2014 7:11:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 147 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/16/2014 | Louise Marie Rantzau
    I work for McDonald’s and I make $21 an hour. No, that isn’t a typo. It’s really my salary. You see, I work for McDonald’s in Denmark, where an agreement between our union and the company guarantees that workers older than 18 are paid at least $21 an hour. Employees younger than 18 make at least $15 — meaning teenagers working at McDonald’s in Denmark make more than two times what many adults in America earn working at the Golden Arches. To anyone who says that fast-food jobs can’t be good jobs, I would answer that mine isn’t bad. In...
  • Food fight: Rising income disparity and the struggle for higher wages

    05/15/2014 7:42:33 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 15 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | May 15, 2014 | JACQUELINE NELSON
    Steven Wilkerson spends long hours working alone at three restaurants in a Hess gas station in Tampa – a Dunkin’ Donuts, a Quiznos and a Godfathers Pizza – all for just $8.50 (U.S.) per hour. Three years ago he made just $7.50. The 28-year-old former U.S. Marine tried to find a role in communications, and later security, after his tour of duty in Iraq. He went to more than 30 interviews, but was told repeatedly that he didn’t have enough experience for jobs he wanted. “You know, everybody tells you when you’re in the military you’ll get any job you...
  • Fast-food workers strike for higher wage

    05/15/2014 6:19:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    WCTI12.com ^ | May 15,2014 | WCTI Staff
    Greenville, Pitt County-Fast-food workers in Greenville held a strike on Thursday demanding a raise in pay. Strikers want a $15 an hour minimum wage. The fast-food employees from McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King also want to form a union without retaliation.
  • Fast food worker strikes planned in 150 cities

    05/13/2014 3:22:07 PM PDT · by kingattax · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | May 7, 2014 | By Patrick M. Sheridan
    The fast-food worker strikes are expanding to more U.S. cities and going global. Workers in up to 150 cities across the country are planning to strike on May 15, according to labor organizers. The movement is also headed overseas, with plans for workers to join protests in 33 countries. On Wednesday, the workers announced the protests outside a McDonald's in New York City, and delivered a letter that called on the fast food giant to raise wages and respect workers' rights worldwide. However, security guards didn't allow the workers to bring the letter inside the restaurant. So, they posted the...
  • Plaque will honor historic McDonald's drive-thru

    04/25/2014 7:26:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    The Sierra Vista Historical Society will dedicate a new historical plaque for its “An Historic Treasure Hunt; Sierra Vista’s Unique Past” at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at the McDonald’s Restaurant, 1802 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. In November 1973, McDonald’s built its first Sierra Vista location adjacent to one of the largest military posts in the United States. While a significant number of its patrons were soldiers stationed at Fort Huachuca, by 1974 a new U.S. Army regulation governing uniform decorum prohibited soldiers from entering local businesses while wearing their fatigues. The fast food chain responded by opening its...