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Sacha and Cedrique of Life Hunters visited a food convention in Houten in the Netherlands to prank some self-proclaimed food experts. Most chefs at the convention had high end restaurants and were serving organic, healthy foods. Surely people at the convention could tell if they were being fed McDonald’s, right?
The viral video is in Dutch so make sure to hit the ‘CC’ button at the bottom right of the video player to turn on the English subtitles.
It’s been the source of endless debate: which fast food chain has the best burger and fries? According to a YouGov poll, over a third of Americans say McDonald's MCD +0.36% has the best fries. The same can’t be said for the Big Mac though, which is trailing in the popularity stakes.
The battle for the best burger is split between Burger King and Five Guys, garnering 15 percent of the vote. McDonald’s beef burgers trail some way behind with just 7 percent but the superiority of their fries (34 percent) is something nobody else comes close to matching. Burger King fries were voted the best by just 10 percent while 9 percent favored Five Guys.
Fast food is big business in the United States, generating some $191 billion in 2013.
NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.
The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood. The company has run similar campaigns in Canada and Australia and said Monday it's bringing the effort to its flagship market.
The push comes as McDonald's fights to boost its performance in the U.S., where sales slid 1.5 percent at established locations in the most recent quarter, following a 0.2 percent dip for last year. In addition to increased competition, McDonald's is trying to keep up with changing tastes, with places such as Chipotle marketing their food as more wholesome alternatives.
To improve the image of its food, McDonald's recently rolled out chicken wraps with sliced cucumbers and the option to substitute egg whites in breakfast sandwiches. It also plans to eventually let people swap out the french fries in value meals with options like salad or vegetables.
For its latest campaign, among the first issues McDonald's addresses are widely circulated online images and videos that show its burgers staying in tact after several weeks or even years. On its webpage, McDonald's says that's likely because the food has dehydrated, and that food needs moisture to form mold.
The company's responses to other questions such as "Does McDonald's beef contain worms?" are more direct: "No. Gross! End of story."
A video posted on the company's home page also showed Grant Imahara, a former host of the TV show "Mythbusters," touring a Cargill beef plant where McDonald's patties are made.
"Are there lips and eyeballs in there, Jimmy?" Imahara asks a plant supervisor, who explains that the patties only have beef trimmings. Another guide says the patties do not contain lean finely textured beef, an ingredient widely referred to as "pink slime" that became the subject of controversy a few years ago. McDonald's stopped using the ingredient about three years ago.
Ben Stringfellow, vice president of communications for McDonald's USA, said in a phone interview that the campaign is a new way of engaging with customers more directly. He noted people are demanding for more information about products across the board, not just from McDonald's.
"In many ways, it's the way the world is going," he said.
National TV ads will begin airing Monday letting people know about the push. McDonald's says people can submit questions via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The company plans to respond to the most common questions with videos or other posts, as well as responding one-on-one to questions, Stringfellow said.
Laura Ries, a marketing consultant based in Atlanta, noted McDonald's risks bringing up unappetizing thoughts some people may never have heard about.
"I didn't know people thought there were worms in its beef, or that they didn't use real chicken," Ries said.
Still, she agreed that companies have to be more responsive to questions from customers, especially at a time when people can amplify their concerns and criticisms to bigger audiences on social media.
We used to have a worker who came from an entitled family. Everyone knows at least one person from these kinds of families. They think they have money (they don't) and that they're better than everyone else (they are not).
Well, this worker of ours always came into work late, played with his phone, wore the wrong kind of uniform. Every now and then, for certain promotions, we get shirts that promote the new product we're selling. A few months before the incident I am about to tell, we had gotten a long sleeved blue shirt advertising our new popcorn chicken. We had since stopped selling them, so we no longer allowed the crew to wear them.
This worker, who we will call Arnold for the sake of this story, knew that he was not allowed to wear it and was told on multiple occasions of this fact.
One day Arnold came into work, and started working on some detail cleaning tasks we needed done. I noticed that he was wearing the wrong shirt (the popcorn chicken shirt instead of the normal work shirt) and commented on it.
He claimed that his regular shirt was in the wash. I informed him that he was being written up, as he is not in proper uniform, and he shrugged and said, "Okay, whatever."
I also told him I wanted the shirt at the end of his shift, so there would be no further issues with him wearing the wrong shirt. He came in with a different shirt on, so this was possible. I wrote him up, and he asked for a copy of his write up.
A bit odd, as people usually don't ask for them, but I obliged, as nothing I did on my end was wrong, and hey, why not?
Ten minutes later, Arnold is in the back, "working" on dishes. Another worker is pulled aside by a random customer, and then comes up to me to tell me that the random customer is Arnold's father, and that he would like to see him.
Sure, it's not too busy. I call Arnold up and to my surprise, Arnold is in his street clothes and sandals, carrying his work uniform and silently walks past me and out the store.
The father watches Arnold walk out, turns to me and starts absolutely screaming at me about how could I treat his son like that. Bellowing how we are low life people who pay shit for money, $1 an hour or something like that.
For ten minutes this guy flipped out on us. Screaming, hollering on about how Arnold was told that he could wear that shirt for as long as he wanted by the Store Manager and how bad we treat him. Yelling at him and how I was a low life who pays him shit for money, and I was a low life, and low life, and we would be hearing from his lawyer in the morning. And how DARE WE TREAT HIS SON LIKE THAT!!! LOW LIFE!!
After this all happened and the guy left, I just turned to everyone and laughed.
My guess is Poor Old Arnold, after a day of constantly being told "get off your phone" to the point where we take the phone away (He cried that it's HIS phone and HE PAYS FOR IT! Yeah, suck it up, it's being taken away from you temporarily and you can get it back at the end of your shift. That's what happens when you don't follow rules.) and coming in late, and not doing his job, he would go home to cry to Daddy Dearest about how we were horrible to him and treat him like the scum of the Earth, but we were really just getting him to work his job.
He had signed a sheet of paper at the beginning of his employment with us that he understood that he could not work without a proper full uniform on. He was not allowed on his phone, and any emergencies would have to be through the work phone (or just ask a Manager, we usually don't care) and that he had to be on time every day.
So even if we did hear from his lawyer, which we didn't of course, his lawyer couldn't do anything because we had documentation that he signed. If the lawyer had called, I would have told him right off the bat: "The day Arnold walked out, he was wearing the wrong uniform, and used his phone to contact his father without any permission from management," and the lawyer would have thanked me for our time and nothing would have happened.
He was the laughing stock of the store for the next six months, how he had Daddy Dearest quit for him.
Oh, and the Store Manager never said he could wear that shirt.