From knightrider_82: This is what you get when you order "no lettuce" at Taco Bell.
WiseWiesel: I see your Taco Bell and raise you my Mcdouble.
In Pennsylvania at least.
A Pennsylvania judge is not loving the McPayment system used by local McDonald's franchise owners Albert and Carol Mueller. According to the Times-Tribune, Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. ruled late last week that the Muellers — who own 16 McDonald's locations — broke the law by paying thousands of employees exclusively by debit card. These prepaid debit cards, also known as payroll cards, are ladened with feesthat cut into the actual amount of money employees receive.
Two years ago, a former employee sued the Muellers over the cards. The franchise owners eventually changed their payment policy but the lawsuit continued and turned into a class action suit with 2,380 members. The Times Leader writes that the judge ruled in Pennsylvania the debit cards did not count as "lawful money of the United States." Burke wrote in his opinion "[new] proposed legislation would allow payroll cards as one of several options for obtaining wages, rather than the exclusive one," which would then make payroll cards legal because then they would be a choice. Many other states already have similar legislation.
McDonald's is facing significant backlash regarding the payment of its employees. Many of its workers are protesting the low wages and are demanding a $15 per hour salary alongside the right to unionize. Recently, the chain announced it would give a dollar per hour raise to some of its employees, but it only applied to small portion of its workforce.
Charlotte Farrow slammed staff at the fast-food chain in Manchester who told her "we don't serve homeless people" as she tried to buy the elderly man a Sausage & Egg McMuffin mea and a cup of tea after spotting him on the streets.
The 19-year-old claims ‘completely immoral’ staff told her they could not serve homeless people as part of a "new policy".
McDonald's has since apologised for the confusion and said the actual company policy will be reiterated to all staff.
Miss Farrow – who once briefly worked in McDonald's herself – was on her way when she spotted an elderly homeless man and decided to buy him the £3.39 meal.
She said: "We queued up and the homeless guy tried to get some money out before I told him I was paying. Then the supervisor said 'we don't serve homeless people'.
"He said the business manager told them they weren't allowed to serve homeless people. They said it was a new policy.
"It was his attitude towards the guy – we were both customers so there shouldn't be any difference.
"I think it's absolutely awful and completely immoral. We're all human beings.
"I wouldn't expect to be treated like that. If they're refusing to serve homeless people it's extremely judgmental."
After the initial dispute Miss Farrow and the man were served.
Miss Farrow, who lives with her boyfriend in Rochdale, said the attitude of McDonald's staff had put her off using the chain.
A McDonald's spokesman said the customer was served at the Oxford Street restaurant but the company's policy was "incorrectly communicated" by staff.
He said: "We welcome all customers through our doors and work hard to create a friendly and welcoming environment for all.
"We can confirm that it is not McDonald's policy to refuse to serve homeless people and apologise for any confusion caused. We will be reiterating this policy to all team members."
It is not the first time someone has been refused a meal at McDonald's on the grounds of apparent homelessness.
Landscape gardener Daniel Jackson claimed he was refused a meal at the same restaurant because he "looked like a homeless person".
The 27-year-old was wearing outdoor work clothes when he claimed a manager said the company had a zero-tolerance policy to serving homeless people.
The fast food giant has since apologized.
via UK Express
"I admit I was wearing scruffy clothes because I'd been working outside all day. That's no reason to assume I live on the streets."
A McDonald's in Manchester, England is in hot water after an employee refused to serve a customer because of his appearance. According to the Mirror, 27-year-old landscape gardener Daniel Jackson went to a local McDonald's in his work gear last week. When he tried to order, the cashier said he would not serve Jackson because he "looked homeless." Jackson alleges that staff told him that the restaurant had a "zero tolerance policy on serving homeless people."
Jackson notes that "it took some serious persuasion" to convince the employees that he was not homeless: "I admit I was wearing scruffy clothes because I'd been working outside all day. That's no reason to assume I live on the streets." He adds that he is "disgusted" by the way he was treated and that he has filed an official complaint with McDonald's corporate offices. Jackson notes that he will not be returning to the restaurant any time soon.
A spokesperson for McDonald's denies that such a policy towards homeless people exists, but apologized for the way Jackson was treated. "We are very sorry for this incident and can confirm that it is not McDonald's policy to refuse to serve homeless people. We are currently investigating this incident and are speaking to Mr. Jackson to rectify this mistake."
It's been a rough month for McDonald's. The chain recently revealed a major restructuring plan — which includes shuttering hundreds of stores — after facing several financial hurdles. However, reaction to the plan has not been very positive: Shortly after it was announced, the chain's stock prices fell, while the stock prices of other burger chains increased.
McDonald's was a major contributor to Chipotle's success.
The burger chain made an investment in Chipotle in 1998 that helped it grow from 14 locations to nearly 500 within seven years. By 2005, McDonald's had a 90% stake in Chipotle's business.
But one year later, McDonald's divested its stake and parted ways with the fledgling burrito chain.
Now Chipotle has more 1,800 locations and business is booming, while McDonald's is battling declining sales and traffic, a damaged public perception, and a relationship with franchisees that has hit an all-time low.
At McDonald's annual shareholders meeting this week, an attendee grilled the CEO on why the company gave up on Chipotle, according to Entrepreneur.
The chief executive, Steve Easterbrook, said Chipotle was a distraction. (It's worth noting that he was not CEO when McDonald's bailed on Chipotle.)
"At the time Chipotle and other concepts, such as Boston Market, had taken attention away from the core brand," Entrepreneur's Kate Taylor writes, paraphrasing Easterbrook's response. "Company executives wanted everyone to put 100 percent of their efforts into the McDonald's brand, so they sold the company's shares."
Clearly, that wasn't the best strategy.
Chipotle's same-store sales grew more than 16% in 2014, while McDonald's declined 1% during the same period.
Chipotle founder and coCEO Steve Ells has spoken openly about the companies' differences in the past.
After losing nearly 60 pounds eating nothing but McDonald's, an Iowa high school science teacher says he has learned that it's not where you eat, but what you eat that's important.
As part of a science experiment in his classroom, John Cisna ate McDonald's for every meal for three straight months. The challenge came after his students asked whether it was possible for a person to become better off eating nothing but McDonald's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 90 days.
Cisna adhered to a 2,000 calorie diet, followed the FDA's recommended nutritional guidelines, and walked 45 minutes 4-5 days a week, according to ABC affiliate WOLO-TV.
"This is what is astounding," Cisna said, "after 90 days I lost 37 pounds, my cholesterol went from 249 to 170."
Cisna says his daily meal routine started with two Egg White Delights, a bowl of oatmeal and 1 percent milk for breakfast. For lunch, he picked between a Southwest Salad or Bacon Ranch Salad with fruit parfait and apple slices. For dinner, he typically ate a value meal.
"I had french fries almost every day of this experiment," Cisna told WOLO-TV.
While nutrition experts say they aren't surprised by Cisna's results since he was picking healthy options, they don't recommend eating out day after day.
"You can get the healthiest option, you can get salads, you can get egg whites, that sort of thing, but the chicken they put in those salads, it will have a lot of sodium in there and that can definitely make your blood pressure go up," Sports Dietician and Certified Personal Trainer Kristen Ziesmer said.
Cisna says he's continued the McDonald's diet for another three months and added additional workouts. He's lost nearly 60 pounds total and is traveling the country talking about his experience and the important of food choices.
McDonald's has designed a brilliant new takeout bag that turns into a tray.
The BagTray was developed by McDonald's Hungary and the ad agency DDB Budapest, Gizmodo reports.
Pulling a strip of paper near the bottom of the bag detaches the tray, which is made from reinforced cardboard.
The tray acts as a plate, making it a lot easier to eat food on the go.
We reached out to McDonald's to see whether the trays would be available in the US.
Here's a video showing how it works: